Okaidja Afroso

Jaku Mumor – Ancestral Spirit with the Okaidja Afroso Ensemble
Conceived and composed by Okaidja Afroso
Gadangme music inspired by ancient African wisdom


Friday, November 11, 2022 | 7:30 PM
Bing Concert Hall


Okaidja Afroso: composer/guitar/vocals/dance/percussion
Israel Annoh: percussion/vocals
Flaindratovo Manavihare: percussion/vocals
Emmanuel Tetteh: bass/vocals
Sena Atsugah: dance

Films directed by Yaw Bonaventure
Garments designed by T-Michael


Co-commissioned by Stanford Live and generously supported by the Stanford Live Commissions and Programming Fund.

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PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Please be considerate of others and turn off all phones and watch alarms. Photography and recording of any kind are not permitted. Thank you.

About Jaku Mumor

Okaidja Afroso ushers in a fresh breeze of musical flavors from the shores of Ghana’s Atlantic Gulf of Guinea, drawing from the ecological knowledge of the Indigenous Ga-Dangme fishermen—the power of the nature-based rituals and the connections that his ancestors had to the elements, particularly the ocean. With his new project Jaku Mumor, Okaidja’s distinctive musical style extends ancestral traditions and creates a contemporary African oral tradition, combining percussion, guitar, dance, and native language vocals. His artistry is grounded in traditional dance and rhythms with modern harmonies and updated lyrics. Jaku Mumor dives deeper into Okaidja’s cultural roots by collaborating directly with the fishermen to share the full artistry of their a cappella singing and chants that awaken the spirit of the human soul.




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