onStage at Connecticut College Guest Artist Series Presents Okaidja Afroso

Okaidja Afroso, Lisa Monet Photography
Okaidja Afroso, Lisa Monet Photography

Ghanaian singer/songwriter Okaijda Alfroso visits Connecticut College at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, in Evans Hall, as part of the onStage at Connecticut College Guest Artist Series.

Born into a family of musicians and storytellers in the village of Kokrobite on the west coast of Ghana, Afroso is a singer, guitarist, percussionist and dancer deeply connected to the musical traditions of the African Diaspora. Through his distinctive style that combines various percussion instruments, vocals, guitar and dance, Afroso explores the perseverance of ancestral traditions and creates a new, contemporary African oral tradition.

His four albums, most recently The Palm Wine Sea, chart a journey from his past as a vocalist, percussionist and dancer with the Ghana Dance Ensemble and Obo Addy through to the present, as a confident and mature songwriter and collaborator. His songs call back to the sounds of his youth, illuminating them with the experiences and wonder of a curious traveler, never resting and always seeking.

This performance is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation of the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

Tickets are $20 for general admission, $18 for seniors and $10 for students and are available online or by calling the box office at (860) 439-2787. Concert attendees are required Connecticut College's current Covid-19 protocols, which include wearing a mask at all times and proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test. For current information, call (860) 439-2787 or visit http://onstage.conncoll.edu.

November 9, 2021