Welcome to the official website for Portland, Oregon based, multi-instrumentalist activist scholar adam carpinelli!  


 Adam Carpinelli is a multi-instrumentalist having performed, and recorded for Obo Addy, the late Ghanaian Master Drummer and currently records with Senegalese Master Drummer Massamba Diop from Baaba Maal’s band in a new international project called “Walo Walo.” Other World Beat projects include Ibrahima Camara from Senegal, Akuma Roots reggae band, Loveness Wessa from Zimbabwe, Igbo Ana with Icidro Valor Perez of Cuba, and Chatta Addy and Kpani Addy from Ghana.  Carpinelli has founded and played with several  jazz and funk projects in Portland, Oregon such as Mass Transit, Kalakuta Afrobeat Band, Ubuntu Project and Wamba.  Adam is also a community organizer committed to social justice volunteering as a youth advocate, educational coordinator and ethnomusicologist.


Here the most recent interviews about Adams local activism in Portland, OR  HERE  (Thanks to KBOO Radio in Portland)

Adam is the NW regional organizer for the Jericho Movement for Political Prisoner Amnesty and founder of Oregon Jericho.  He is also an active member of the Leonard Peltier Offense Defense Committee (Portland, OR Chapter), Portland Central America Solidarity Committee.  He has also been active in student organizing with various NW student groups, food-sharing programs such as Food Not Bombs and Homeless advocacy groups like the Sisters of the Road Cafe, Right 2 Survive, We are Oregon and HIFE. 


Adams scholarship as well as musical interests focus on African cultural retentions and memory systems of the African Diaspora in the Americas during the time of enslavement.  His historical analysis of trans-Atlantic linkages between Africa and the Americas primarily looks at cultural expressions in folklore, art, music, drumming and dance, resistance and religion.  He received his MA in Pan African Studies at Syracuse University in 2007.  His thesis about the Saramaka people of Suriname, South America revealed how, in the quest for freedom, many enslaved Africans fled from the plantations into the Surinamese rain forest where they set up independent communities.  He is interested in how neoliberal globalization, socio-economic and political changes impact human memory.  His intention is to contribute to this area of historical scholarship by providing trans-Atlantic thematic approaches that will enhance our understanding of the era of the slave trade and the tremendous impact it has on the world today.  Publications include: “Fighting “Modern Slavery”: Securing Land Rights for Saramaka People of Suriname”, Perspectives on African Environment and Technology: From Pre-colonial to the Postcolonial Period, Edited by Maurice Amutabi and Toyin Falola,  (Africa World Press) Forthcoming (2011). “The Cowrie Shell”, Commodities, Culture, and History: The Products That Have Changed the World, Edited by Heather Streets-Salter, (New York: Facts on File) Forthcoming (2011). “Political Developments in Central Africa: 1750-1880”, Encyclopedia of World History (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO) Forthcoming (2010). “Taino Survival and Caribbean Archaeology”, Co written with Dr. Pedro Ferbel-Azcarate, Proceedings for the International Association for Caribbean Archaeology, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 2003.

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