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Shokoto To Perform At Center For Arts

On Sept. 8

On Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m., Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River will present the next concert in its World Music and Dance series: "Shokoto."

Shokoto creates innovative music, drawing upon their West African roots and the diverse music of the African Diaspora. Their music is an energetic, family-friendly mixture of traditional and contemporary African and world music that is sure to make your soul sing.

Shokoto music is a dynamic 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 they use, 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 noon.

Cost for the workshops is $15 each or two for $25. Combined ticket and one workshop can also be purchased for $25. Performance only tickets are $15 and are available at Columbia Arts, Waucoma Bookstore and online at www.columbiaarts.org.

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