Contemporary African music performer coming to UH Hilo PAC

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Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

Grammy Award-winning Ivory Coast vocalist and dancer Dobet Gnahor├ę brings her performance of African music traditions with a twist to the University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, February 22, at 7:30 p.m.

Gnahor├ę performs in seven languages, backed by a Pan-African band, and features a diverse music composition that moves from delicate ballads to upbeat African grooves. As a child, she trained in the music and dance traditions of the B├ęt├ę people at the urging of her father, a well-known performer and master percussionist in West Africa. Her voice, dancing, charisma, and stage presence were developed through years of theatrical and choreographic work.

Gnahor├ę was recently nominated for ÔÇťBest Traditional Female Artist of AfricaÔÇŁ by the KORA All Africa Music Awards. In 2010, she shared an award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance with India. Arie at the 52nd Grammy Awards and has released several albums, including her latest Na Dr├¬ in 2014.

Tickets are Reserved seating and priced at $25 General, $20 Discount and $12 UH Hilo/Hawai╩╗i CC students (with a valid student ID) and children, up to age 17, pre-sale, and $30, $25 and $17 at the door. Tickets are available by calling the UH Hilo Box Office at 932-7490 or by ordering online at

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