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West African dancers to perform in HR

On Sept. 8

On Sept. 8th at 7:30 p.m. Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River presents the next concert in its World Music and Dance series.

Shokoto creates innovative music, drawing upon its West African roots and the diverse music of the African Diaspora. The music is an energetic, family-friendly mixture of traditional and contemporary African and world music.

Shokoto music is a fusion of rhythms from Ghana, Brazil, Cuba, Peru, and the Deep South.Shokoto takes one on a musical journey from Africa through the Americas.

The instruments used, from the Afro-Peruvian cajon to the Ghanaian gil, tie together diverse cultures and create a fusion of traditional African music and music inspired by the African Diaspora.

Columbia Arts is able to bring this dynamic music and dance group to the Columbia Gorge due in part to a grant from the National Endowments for the Art.

Shokoto will be offering a West African dance work shop at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 8, as well as a talking drum workshop at 12 p.m. Cost for the workshops is $15 each or two for $25.

Combined ticket and one workshop can also be purchased for $25.

Tickets are available at Columbia Arts, Waucoma Bookstore and online at


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