We are thrilled to be one of the vehicles connecting you with the wildly-anticipated 2023/24 season at the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

- Shaleen Destefano


We sat down with Executive Director, Aisha Ahmad-Post, and learned quickly that she has not wavered in her steadfast mission to connect the hyper-locals with International scale performances that enrich all of our lives making her and her strong team one of the most admired groups in Denver.

Background


September 27, marks an evening with Okaidja Afroso: Jaku Mumor. Okaidja Afroso journeys to the U.S. from his home in Ghana, West Africa to bring a powerful experience that draws inspiration from nature-based rituals and ancestral knowledge while creating a soundscape that is modern and unique. Afroso’s outreach project, Jaku Mumor – Ancestral Spirit, brings rich opportunities for fostering communication and sparking conversation about the challenges faced by indigenous communities around the globe; challenges that will impact us all, though we do not feel them as directly as those working with and fighting against these challenges on a daily basis. In Jaku Mumor – Ancestral Spirit, Okaidja creates a contemporary African oral tradition that needs to be witnessed – a beautiful combination of old and new. Blending traditional dance and rhythms with modern harmonies and updated lyrics, he speaks through his music in a way that will resonate with anyone who listens.

Okaidja Afroso is a multi-instrumentalist afro-jazz and afro-classical musician, singer-songwriter and traditional dancer from Ghana, West Africa. He draws from the ecological knowledge of the indigenous Ga-Dangme fishermen and works to share indigenous practices of resilience through his performance art. Afroso comes from a family of musicians and storytellers in the fishing village of Kokrobite on Ghana’s west coast. At 19 he became a principal dancer with the Ghana Dance Ensemble in Accra.  In 1999 he was invited to Portland, Oregon by the late worldbeat master Obo Addy to join his team of musicians and dancers to help promote West African culture to audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest. Afroso has performed in the Arctic to the Kennedy Center in New York City, and he has spent countless hours in classrooms across the U.S. teaching children about Ghanaian culture and arts through educational outreach programs.