Alidu

Tamale, Northern, Ghana

Biography

Mohammed Alidu was born into the Bizung lineage of talking drum chiefs of Northern Ghana, studying with his father from the age of 3 years old. Alidu’™s father taught him the history of his tribe, singing, and the language of the talking drum as his ancestors had done before him. By the age of 5, Alidu was accompanying his father to performances at the King’™s palace. These performances helped to further open up the world of music to Alidu, as he listened to different drum languages being played.

Originally from the town of Tamale in Northern Ghana and now based in Los Angeles, Alidu’™s music has one foot in his 1000-year family legacy of earthy and pulsing Bizung rhythms and another in the modern studio sounds heard in the clubs and lounges of New York, London and Paris.

“I think if you open yourself up to others, they will open themselves up to you,” Alidu explains. “What I do I do from my heart, and so far everywhere I’ve traveled people seem to embrace that.”

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Tamale, Northern, Ghana

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