POP African Music Series: Kotoko Brass with Dzidzor

Date(s) - Sun. Jan. 29, 2023
5:00 pm


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Inspired by the traditional drum rhythms of Ghana, Kotoko Brass has created a unique, joyful, and improvisational style of West African dance music described by the BostonGlobe as “propulsive, infectious party music”. The drums provide the heart and soul of Kotoko Brass — merging syncopated African percussion polyrhythms with hard-hitting dance grooves on the drumset. The horns blend traditional sounds of New Orleans with the famous West African brass band sound heard from Ghana to Nigeria, and the guitar, keys, and bass evoke classic African and Caribbean styles of highlife, afrobeat, and reggae. A celebratory and energetic synthesis of music, people, and cultures from around the world, Kotoko Brass features musicians from Ghana, Antigua, Japan, and the United States playing together in unity. Kotoko Brass has shared the stage with An-gelique Kidjo, Red Baraat, Femi Kuti, the California Honeydrops, Vieux Farka Toure, In-nov Gnawa, Take 6, the Boston Pops, Rubblebucket, and more.

Dzidzor (Jee-Jaw) is an African folklorist, performing artist, author and entrepreneur. Dzidzor’s style of call and response has re-imagined poetry and storytelling as a way to include the audience in an experience to challenge, inspire and encourage self beyond traditional forms. She began performing through slam poetry and now curates spaces Black Cotton Club, and teaches in Boston. Born in Italy, to Ghanaian Parents and raised in North Carolina, she’s immersed herself in merging cultures from the South to Ghanaian culture. She’s a vessel chosen to deliver a message through writing, performance, and community organizing. Her debut poetry collection, “For Girls Who Cry in Yellow,” explores the healing process through the perspective of an African woman. Dzidzor has been nominated twice for a Boston Music Award. www.dzidzor.com


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