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Urhobo Night in Minnesota with Chief Okpan Arhibo


Friday, July 22, 2016
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Minnesotans are in for rare treat this weekend when Okpan Arhibo takes the stage at the Country Inn Suites in Coon Rapids on Saturday (July 23). He is on a 15 state tour, marking the first time that an Urhobo traditional musician is performing in the United States according to the national promoter, Dr. Jude Onakpoma, when he spoke to Urhobo Today in advance of the tour.

Arhibo is known as the King of Urhobo music with 200 albums to his name. Urhobo is the fifth largest cultural group in Nigeria and the largest in that country’s oil-rich Delta State.

Known for its distinctive energy, Urhobo music and dance is marked with a high tempo beat with some pidgin english thrown in. Okpan Arhibo’s most popular hits Konojuwe and Urhobo Makosa sold a whopping 10 millions albums according to Urhobo Today.

“For the Twin Cities, this is a truly rare event,” Atare Agbamu, a Twin Cities financial executive who hails from Nigeria’s Delta region told Mshale. Agbamu had the privilege of having chief Arhibo perform at his wedding 27 years ago when the musician was then a rising star among Urhobo musicians.

If you plan to go:

Okpan Arhibo Live in Minnesota

Location: Country Inn Suites, 155 Coon Rapids Blvd., Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Time: 5:00 P.M.- 10:00PM (After-party follows at the same venue)

Tickets: $30 – Call 612-701-8576 to reserve your ticket

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About Tom Gitaa

Tom is the President and Publisher of Mshale. As the founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation.Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the Dishnetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president of  The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has previously served in the board of directors of the Minnesota International Center (MIC), the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has also previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa. He sits on the board of the United Nations Association.

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