Oko Drammeh is the all-time African music promoter and has produced more music concerts of African artists than anyone in the world. Drammeh accurately predicted an increase in the popularity of Africa's music. Although there were few African musicians known outside of Africa when he began the African Music Festival in Amsterdam, Oko has continued to broaden the exposure of African artists to the world through festivals, concerts, radio and TV programs, educational conferences, symposiums and now through the Internet and emerging media.
Oko is one of the leading promoters of African music festivals in the world.His festival in Amsterdam, launched in 1983, has grown into a major event, drawing more than 10,000 people annually.He organized the first African Music Festival festival in the United States, holding the fete at the John Anson FordTheater in Los Angeles in September 1997. In 2001 he held the African Music Festival in Amsterdam at the Paradiso together with U.S. partner Lasting Value, in a three-day event featuring musicians from Congo, Ghana, Gambia, Senegal and several other countries.
"I am proud to be admired by the top artists of Africa who contacted me to participate in my programs and the African Music Festival has catapulted them to international success after their performance with me at my Festival," says Oko.
The festival has featured the major artists in African music as well as the lesser known master musicians from all over Africa. The African Music Festival has featured stars like Manu Dibango, Osibisa, Franco & the O.K. Jazz, Bembeya Jazz National, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela and the new generation of artists, including the late Lucky Dube, Salif Keita, Youssou N'Dour, Mory Kante, Papa Wemba, Ali Farka Toure, Toure Kunda and Ifang Bondi.
Oko presented the African Music Festival Stage at the Nanning Folk Music Festival in China in 2005. There he toured China and opened offices with partners in China. Oko toured the Caribbean on an African cultural tour of Jamaica, Dominca, Antigua, Martinique, Guadalupe and the Virgin Islands.
The Geneology of Oko Drammeh
Narrated in the Wollof tribal language of The Gambia & Senegal by the legendary
Gambian historian (griot), Ajaratou Yamundow Jobe
Oko Drammeh Honored at SGI-USA Rock the Era Youth Festival
Oko Takes African Culture to China
International Festivals & Concerts
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