“His Voice, guitar, and percussion instruments blended into a landscape that was transcendent.”- Beth Megill, LA Dance Review
Distinctive, upbeat musical styles grounded in the ecological knowledge of Ghana’s indigenous Ga-Dangme fishermen, including their connections with the oceans. That is what Global Ginga brings on its one-hour special this week. Please tune in and welcome Ghana-born and now Portland-based musician, Okaidja Afroso, to KZSU 90.1 FM, Stanford!
Okaidja Afroso is a Ghanaian singer, dancer, guitarist and composer based in Oregon since 1999, but still deeply tied to his Gãdangmé roots in a fishing community of coastal Ghana. Okaidja recently released his sixth album, Jàkú Mũmɔ – which means “ancestral spirit" in the Gãdangmé language. It is a rich tapestry of acoustic sound, blending palm wine guitar, beach-side fishermen’s songs with layered percussion and call-and-response vocals and a keen pop sensibility. Tuneful, fresh and grooving, the release is a unique entry in the canon of contemporary West African roots music, says Afropop Worldwide.
The Jaku Mumor outreach will pay respect to the wise ways of Okaidja’s elders and
ancestors and their reverence for and connection to the natural world. The program centers around the elements of nature and the wisdom of the elders that is communicated through music, dance, and storytelling.
Fri, November 11, 2022 at 7:30pm PT
Bing Concert Hall