As part of celebrations marking civil rights leader Martin Luther King's Birthday today (Monday), which also falls on the eve of President-Elect Barak Obama's Inauguration, The Kennedy Center in Washington will be the site of a historic all-star musical event honoring the legacy of King and looking forward to the Presidency of Obama. It is presented by jazz great Wynton Marsalis's organization Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Rockefeller Foundation, and among it's notable performers is Ghanaian drum master Yacub Addy and his traditional percussion and vocal ensemble Odadaa!. Addy and Marsalis co-wrote the groundbreaking 2-hour compositon "Congo Square" which combines traditional Ghanaian music with jazz on a level never done before, and proved that without African music, American jazz would not exist. In Monday's celebration, dubbed "Let Freedom Swing", Addy and Odadaa! will perform with jazz titan Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, performing a piece from "Congo Square" that expresses the thoughts and feelings of fishermen living on the coast of Ghana as they watched prisoners being taken away during the slave trade. Addy tells reporter Peter Clottey that President Obama's election will play a significant role in Monday's music-making. "The program is called "Let Freedom Swing: A Celebration of America", of Obama's inauguration and Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday. Tonight we are doing a celebration of the two together. And tonight will be a wonderful night for all of us and those who will be coming to the Kennedy Center. I promise you that anybody who comes to see us tonight is going to enjoy him or herself," Addy noted. Addy said the idea of mixing African traditional music with jazz was conceptualized in the early 1950s after he saw American jazz legend Louis Armstrong in Ghana. "I have had this idea for a very long time since 1953 when Louis Armstrong visited Ghana, which at the time was known as the Gold Coast. I had that idea since then because there was no rock and roll, only jazz around the world at that time. And I found out from Louis Armstrong that New Orleans is the city where jazz came from," he said. Addy gave the idea to Marsalis to create a piece of music honoring Congo Square, a historic site in New Orleans where African slaves were allowed to play their own music and dance every Sunday for over a hundred years from the 17 ? 1800s. It is the place where African music entered American music and American culture. Marsalis has said that every form of music created in America owes a debt to the African musicians who played in Congo Square. Addy said the performance with jazz great Wynton Marsalis Monday at the Kennedy Center will be a night to behold. "Anybody who sees our concert tonight will really know that jazz and African music are together and inseparable. Everybody will understand that yes, this is the real thing." Addy pointed out. Also performing in "Let Freedom Swing" are jazz notables Cassandra Wilson, Diane Reeves, Dave Brubeck, Paquito D'Rivera, Bela Fleck and Roy Haynes. Addy said he is hopeful that as the first African American to be elected president of the United States of America, Barak Obama will enable peace and prosperity to be achieved worldwide. "Everybody in Africa has to understand that President Obama is the first African American President in America. We all have to support him to achieve what he has set out to achieve. Nobody is perfect, but when you listen to him you will understand that this man (Obama) is going to do something great not just in America, but also the whole world. With Obama we can be able to do something like bring peace and freedom to the world," he said.