Habib Iddrisu

Guest Artist, Instructor of African Dance and Music


UC Box: A131


Habib Iddrisu is a traditionally trained dancer and musician. He was born into the Dagbamba/Dagomba Bizing family of court historians and musicians in Tamale of Northern Ghana. At age 14 he started one of the most prestigious traditional music and dance groups in Tamale, the Youth Home Cultural Group. In 1993, Habib won the ECRAG/ACRAG award as Ghana’s Best Dancer.


Habib has traveled extensively with his art but is still remembered in Ghana for his leadership of the Norvisi Dance Group and his role as lead drummer and choreographer of Abibigromma (a resident performing group of the University of Ghana). He also choreographed for numerous other performances and events, including the welcoming group for President Bill Clinton’s visit to Ghana in 1998.


Habib recently received his Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, where he also founded the university’s African Drum and Dance Ensemble, and he earned his M.A. and B.A. degrees in African History and Africana Studies from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.


He served as a Presidential Fellow for SUNY Brockport in African Studies and Dance, and 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.