Sept. 27--HAILEY -- Ghanaian musician Okaidja and and his group Shokoto performs next month through the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.
The performance is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey.
Okaidja and Shokoto will perform traditional Ghanaian songs and dances blended with music of West Africa and of the African diaspora.
Born in Ghana to a family of singers and songwriters, Okaidja performs traditional African music, drumming and dance.
He has created a unique form of music and dance that fuses traditional Ghanaian forms with rhythms and movements of the African diaspora, including Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Peruvian, American blues, jazz and tap.
In addition to performance, Okaidja does extensive research into the connections between African music and the music of the African diaspora. With his group, Shokoto, he further explores these musical and cultural relationships.
Admission is $20 for Sun Valley Center for the Arts members, $30 for non-members and $5 for students ages 18 and younger.
This concert is the first of the center's 2013-14 performing arts season.
Series tickets are available for $120 for members and include Okaidja, California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio on Nov. 10, a cabaret style concert with Marcia Ball on Feb. 22, Le Vent du Nord from Quebec on March 22 and finally, the return of Dala on April 16.
Tickets are available by calling 208-726-9491 ext. 110 or by visiting www.sunvalleycenter.org.
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