World Cultures Initiative: West Africa
Friday, January 13, 7pm
Tickets: $10 adv/$15 day of show
Opening Reception will include African art, dance, music and food.
Featured Performers: Group Dodo Ahoco
Group Dodo Ahoco showcases the rich heritage of instruments, rhythms and songs from the Cote d'Ivoire and the rest of West Africa. Dodo Ahoco is made up of various African musical instruments. The name Dodo Ahoco is in itself made from two words each representing an instrument: the Dodo and the Ahoco both used in the group. The Dodo, an instrument from the Bete Tribe of the central west region of Cote d'Ivoire, resembles the ark (or bow) and arrow traditionally used by hunters. It was also used by storytellers to accompany their stories with melodies which, women and children were delighted to listen to every night around a bonfire. As for the Ahoco, it is a small instrument from the central region of Cote d'Ivoire and from the Baoule ethnic group. From there,
the group will call upon other traditional instruments including the Balafon, Boro, Yadoh, and Attoungblan added to the captivating voices of the lead vocalist and other singers.
Thanks to the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota for their support of this initiative.