Koffi Toudji is a welcome,well-known face around Denver: He's the founder of a traditional West African drum-and-dance ensemble, leader of Koffi Togo Vibe Band and a teacher and performer at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. But Toudji also arranges summer tours from the U.S. to his native Kpalimé in Togo, West Africa, and this Friday, June 7, he will be raising money to give back to his hometown.
|Koffi Toudji at the future site of the Koffi Togo Cultural Center in Togo, West Africa.<|
Last year Toudji bought a plot of land in Togo, where he hopes to build a cultural center there in the next few years. "The cultural center came about because growing up there, I experienced a different life -- we had a lot of music and dancing going on," he explains. "But every time I take students back to my home, I'm feeling a lot of change. I feel like there's less music and less dancing every time I go. The little town I grew up in is becoming a city, and the old traditions are getting lost. "
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