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Presidential Scholar and Visiting Assistant Professor
Phone: (585) 395-5305
Traditionally trained musician/historian and dancer, Habib Iddrisu is currently a PhD candidate in Performance Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He had both MA and BA degrees in African History and Africana Studies from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Habib was born into the Dagomba/Dagbamba (Bizung) family of court historians and musicians in Tamale of Northern Ghana. His grandfather Manguli-lana Adam Alhassan was a chief drummer. Growing up in the drummer’s home, Habib was inspired by his grandfather and great uncles, many of whom were famous Dagbon musicians.
In 1993, Habib won an award as Ghana’s Best Dancer. He was also the choreographer of both Kinachu and Kisa groups to welcome President Bill Clinton’s visits to Ghana in 1998. In 2002, Habib’s version of South African gumboot dance was selected and presented at the National American College Dance Festival (ACDF) at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
His work in Ghana is remembered for his leadership of the Novisi Dance group, musician, dancer and later as a choreographer of Abibigromma-University of Ghana, Choreographer Democratic League Youth of Ghana’s Cultural group, Bomukasa Dance group, and choreographer at-large in Ayawaso and Arts Center areas in Accra.
Habib has choreographed for University of Wisconsin Madison, Cleveland State University. Northwestern University, University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Lake Erie College, Tiffin University, Lawrence University among others. His recent awards includes 2006 outstanding graduate student award (Northestern University) and 2004 outstanding international student award (Bowling Green State University-Ohio).
He taught African dance, performance and culture classes, and the Northwestern University’s African Drum and Dance Ensemble which he founded.