OKAN: A Virtual Afro-Cuban Concert
OKAN fuses Afro-Cuban and other global rhythms with jazz, folk and classical forms.
Taking its name from the word for "heart" or "soul" in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santería, OKAN embraces genres and roles that have historically been dominated by men, co-leaders, composers and multi-instrumentalists. Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne bring a fresh perspective to Latin and world jazz fusion through their powerful vocals, incredible musicianship and potent lyrical content. Born in Havana, Cuba, Elizabeth Rodriguez is a classically trained violinist who served as concertmaster for Havana’s Youth Orchestra. Magdelys Savigne hails from Santiago de Cuba and graduated with honors in orchestral percussion from Havana’s University of the Arts. Both are JUNO-nominees for their work with Battle of Santiago and Grammy-nominees and JUNO winners for their contributions to Jane Bunnett and Maqueque of which they are former members (WKC 2015). We're sad to not be able to present OKAN in person this year, but pleased to work with them to create a livestream experience. Link are posted here and sent to anyone who makes a contribution. Please support these talented musicians by making a donation via this page OR paypal.me/westkc. 8PM Saturday, 6/13 Link to Facebook Live WKC Facebook Page Note: you do NOT need to have a Facebook account to view this performance