MOHAMMED ALIDU AND THE BIZUNG FAMILY, LAND OF FIRE (SELF-RELEASE)
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A NEW DAY; LAYA PROJECT REMIXED
ADDIS ACOUSTIC PROJECT
AFRO ROOTS WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL
AMADOU & MARIAM
ANTÓNIO ZAMBUJO
APHRODESIA
BALKANBEATS
BANCO DE GAIA
BOBAN I MARKO MARKOVIC ORKESTAR
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BOY WITHOUT GOD
C.J. CHENIER
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DEL CASTILLO
DR JAYANTHI KUMARESH
EARTHRISE SOUNDSYSTEM
EGYPT NOIR
ELIN FURUBOTN
EMILY SMITH
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FOOTSTEPS IN AFRICA
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GEOFF BERNER
GIANMARIA TESTA
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HUUN HUUR TU
INDIAN OCEAN
IRENE JACOB & FRANCIS JACOB
JANAKA SELEKTA
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JERRY LEAKE
JOAQUIN DIAZ
JOEL RUBIN
JORGE STRUNZ
JOSEF KOUMBAS
JOYFUL NOISE (I GRADE RECORDS)
JUST A BAND
KAMI THOMPSON
KARTICK & GOTAM
KHALED
KHING ZIN & SHWE SHWE KHAING
KITKA'S CAUCASIAN CONNECTIONS PROJECT PERFORMANCES AND WORKSHOPS
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KOTTARASHKY AND THE RAIN DOGS
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LISTEN FOR LIFE
LOBI TRAORÉ
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MOHAMMED ALIDU AND THE BIZUNG FAMILY
MR. SOMETHING SOMETHING
MY NAME IS KHAN
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NO STRANGER HERE (EARTHSYNC)
OCCIDENTAL BROTHERS ON TOUR
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OREKA TX
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SLIDE TO FREEDOM II
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TAGA SIDIBE
TAJ WEEKES
TARANA
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TE VAKA
TELEPATH
THE MOUNTAIN MUSIC PROJECT
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THE SPY FROM CAIRO
TITO GONZALEZ
TOUSSAINT
VARIOUS ARTISTS
VARIOUS ARTISTS
WATCHA CLAN
WHEN HARRY TRIES TO MARRY SOUNDTRACK
WOMEXIMIZER
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ZIETI

Bio

Mohammed Alidu

Born into the Bizung lineage of talking drum chiefs of Northern Ghana, Alidu studied 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 5 years old, 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. At 15 years old, Alidu was considered one of the best talking drum players in the region.

In 1995, Alidu was invited to audition in Accra for the national dance company of Ghana – The Ghana Dance Ensemble. Alidu was selected from over 70 people to become the principal drummer for the company. While with the company, he traveled to the United States to perform in New York, Washington, DC and California. He also performed for President Clinton during his visit to Ghana.

In 2000, the director for Adzido, the largest pan-African dance company in Europe, watched performances of The Ghana Dance Ensemble in Accra. Alidu was invited to relocate to London and join the company, which he did for 3 years.

Alidu has performed in many countries throughout the world. In 2004, he spent one year in Madagascar, collaborating with local artists. It was there that he started to compose and perform his unique blend of Afropop music. The songs are not confined to fitting into the boundaries and structures of a specific musical tradition; they simply rise from a desire to make music that is both compelling and poignant.    

Alidu’s musical journey has been informed by his profound understanding of the sounds that translate into music and his unique approach has made him a sought after musician and collaborator. Most recently, he was invited to join the multi-national collective known as the Playing For Change Band and has traveled the world promoting its message of Peace Through Music, sharing the stage with icons such as Toots Hibbert, Ziggy Marley and Keb’ Mo’.

            HIGHLIGHTS

Member of the Playing For Change Band

Finalist International Songwriting Competition (ISC) 2007

Performed with Baaba Maal during his US Tour 2006

Performed WOMAD Festival Singapore 2004

Performed as a solo artist for International Music Night at Albert Hall in London 2003

Invited to perform in Buckingham Palace for Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee 2002

Recorded on Peter Gabriel’s Ovo: Millennium CD in 2001

Invited, at 19 years old, to perform at the inauguration of President JJ Rawlings


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