Mohammed Alidu, born into the heralded 1000+ year Bizung family lineage of talking drum chiefs, has been making music since he was 3-years old. Originally from Northern Ghana, he has since traveled the world playing his drum with musicians as diverse as his travels, including: Peter Gabriel, Baaba Maal, Michael Franti, Ziggy Marley and Keb’ Mo’, and at international festivals, a presidential inauguration, even at Buckingham Palace for the Queen of England. Alidu as he is affectionately known, has played in every continent except Antarctica and in addition to having his own band, is also a member of the global music collective Playing for Change.
In 2007 he released the African Traditional Music CD, Asisawa, celebrating his family’s long heritage, the 10 tracks a story in ancient, passed-down rhythms. 2010 brought the highly acclaimed Land of Fire, released as Mohammed Alidu and the Bizung Family, where he first began to merge his mastery of talking drum histories, with new rhythms and a backing band from the US. His current work picks up where Land of Fire left off, blending the traditional talking drum heritage with his soon to be signature modern African Soul style. Mohammed Alidu’s latest project, Til Mama Calls, transcends his African roots creating a sound that is unique, soulful, and timely while still honoring the long history of his craft.
Alidu’s unique approach to music as an ever-evolving journey has made him a sought after teacher, musician and collaborator. He has held positions as principal drummer in the Ghana Dance Ensemble and Adzido, the largest pan-African dance company in Europe, spent a year in Madagascar collaborating with local artists like the brilliant, Dede and most recently as an instructor at the University of CO. Music has been Alidu’s life and the community of music has easily translated into every part of his personal and professional work. He believes through music all things are possible and because of this, he founded and built (with assistance from the Playing For Change Foundation), the first tuition-free music school in Northern Ghana – the Bizung School of Music and Dance, dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the Northern Region, where he serves as Director and teaches part-time.