Los Angeles, CA
5-7 members (percussion & vocal), plus 1-3 musicians (guitar, bass, drums)

International Women of the Voice and Drum
Contemporary World Fusion, African Drumming and Song, Gospel Harmonies
Main Stage Festival Favorites
Educational Performances for Children

Residency and Outreach Activities Available


In the Adaawe musical tradition of southern Ghana, Ga women gather together in the moonlight to raise songs and share the triumph and sorrow of their daily lives. Through constant improvisation, they breathe new life into ancient music. Their spirit of celebration and strength is the inspiration behind ADAAWE.

As an acoustic vocal and drum powerhouse group, or a full Afro-fusion dance band, ADAAWE has headlined performing arts venues, festivals, colleges and clubs across the U.S., and opened for such artists as James Brown, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Los Lobos. ADAAWE's latest CD, "Passage," is an arresting collection of world-fusion, ranging from their trademark vocal percussion and djembe drum rhythms to Afro-funk, reggae and world pop. In 2018, they performed at the wedding of Stevie Wonder, were “Pick of the Fringe” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and with their nine-piece fusion band, toured the East Coast with the Levitt Pavilion Foundation.


You're going to love them!
Barb Junger, BBC Radio, Scotland

Adaawe, an international seven-member group of women drummers, singers and percussionists could be described as L.A.'s answer to Zap Mama:
Los Angeles Weekly

The Adaawe performance was fantastic. Wonderful women, excellent music. The audience was very into it - seldom do we see people dancing all over the tent aisles like that. I have heard nothing but positive feedback from everyone who attended!
Terry Meyer, Program Director, Big Top Chautauqua, WI

Adaawe certainly passed my "E" ticket ride test. Their performance entertained, enlightened and had energy. Most important - they snuck "Education" into the mix.
Michael F. Wolf, Manager, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

Great music - and, for women to drum is radical!!
Gloria Steinam