Abass was born into the famous Ghanaian Royal Drummers family.
From the age of six he was inspired by his grandmother who taught him the drums by singing the rhythms. His formal training was overseen by his uncle, the famous Ghanaian Master Drummer Mustapha Tettey Addy. Abass started playing to large public audiences with the Royal Obonu Drummers when he was just ten years old.
Abass has been involved in many innovative performances, recordings, TV appearances and educational projects, including a season in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Julius Caesar.
Abass toured worldwide for 9 years with legendary CREAM drummer Ginger Baker. Touring jazz venues and festivals around the globe, Abass and Ginger performed and delivered workshops together. They recorded 2014 album "WHY" and the following year Abass was invited to play on Van Morrison’s new album, "DUETS".
Abass has been delivering workshops, performance and team building events for the past 30 years, nationally in the UK and internationally. He leads One-drum, a successful African drum ensemble in the UK who deliver dynamic performance work in a wide range of Africa’s drumming traditions.
Abass brings great understanding and awareness of his cultural heritage to our contemporary, multicultural society through his powerful performances and educational workshops.