With the 2005 premiere of "Kolo" at The Egg (New York State Theater in Albany), Yacub Addy spoke artistically for the first time to his life-long struggle for human rights, reaching back to tradition lost, and forward, adding touches of blues and jazz to deeply rooted Ghanaian works. Kolo is Ghanaian slang for "colonial."
New pieces featured guest jazz virtuoso and grammy nominated Blue Note recording artist Stefon Harris on marimba. Harris brought sensitive sophistication to new works such as Odadaa!'s first English language song, Cashew Blue, sung by the ensemble's only American member, the exceptional vocalist Imani Gonzalez.