Afro Yaqui Music Collective

The Afro Yaqui Music Collective came into being out of a collaboration between saxophonist Ben Barson (ASCAP-award winning composer and protégé of the great Fred Ho) and Gizelxanath Rodriguez (Yaqui-Mexican soprano) who combined to form a group based on revolutionary music. Over the years, Hugo Cruz (Cuba), Samuel Boateng (Ghana), Beni Rossman (Pittsburgh), Nejma Nefertiti and Bernard Grobman (New York), Ben Opie and Roger Romero (Pittsburgh), Yang Jin (China/Pittsburgh) Aidana Yntykbayeva (Kazakhstan) and dozens of others have collaborated with the collective. Find more at