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AFROFEST is Today and Tomorrow at Woodbine Park


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Afrofest Highlights


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Feel the Afrofest Heat this Weekend at Queen’s Park


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AFROFEST 2011 takes place this weekend, the weather promises to be perfect! With FREE non-stop action on two stages, an African marketplace, food and craft vendors, drumming, dancing, music workshops and organized activities for youth and children, Afrofest is THE place to be.

Join our annual celebration of the richness and diversity of African culture. Discover Africa in the Heart of Toronto! It takes place at Queen’s Park in downtown Toronto this Saturday, July 9 & Sunday, July 10.

African music legend Thomas Mapfumo is the festival’s Sunday night headliner. “The Lion of Zimbabwe” composed the Chimurenga music that became the soundtrack of the revolution in Zimbabwe. With more than 20 albums of outstanding original music to his name, Mapfumo has been performing his songs of love, freedom, and justice for more than 40 years.

Master musician Cheick Hamala Diabate will take the stage on Saturday evening. The celebrated instrumentalist’s 2007 collaboration “From Mali to America” was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Traditional World Music Album, and in concert rocks out with a full 10-piece orchestra.

South Africa’s Dizu Plaatjies and Ibuyambo are making their Canadian debut performance at Afrofest 2011, it’s a startingly original act, not to be missed.

The Afrofest headliners will be supported by some of the top African groups based in Canada, including JP Buse (Zaire), Femi Abosede & Culture Force (Nigeria), Zekuhl (Cameroon), Ruth Mathiang and Waleed Kush (Sudan), Ijo Vudu Dance International (Nigeria), Afrafranto (Ghana), the Tich Maredza Band (Zimbabwe), Anastasio & Zalang (Equatorial Guinea), the Resolutionaries Marimba Band (Zimbabwe), Amadou Kienou (Guinea), Beyond Sound (various Africa), Justine CanAfric (Ivory Coast), Rumba Iyambo (Cuba) and the Symphonyx Steel Orchestra (Trinidad).

For more information on Afrofest, the stage performers and start times go to http://www.musicafrica.org

Music Africa thanks World Remit for its Gold sponsorship of Afrofest 2011.

Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited will also be performing an ‘Afterfest’ concert at the Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West, on Monday, July 11. Admission $20, tickets at the door or at Afrofest. Co-presented by Music Africa and Moonraiser Entertainment, sponsored by World Remit.

Music Africa gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council; of media partner CIUT 89.5 FM; and of media supporters Planet Africa, Amet-TV and CBC Radio 99.1 FM.

For more information see http://www.musicafrica.org, call 416-469-5336, or email info@musicafrica.org

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Grammy Award nominee added to AFROFEST lineup‏


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Master musician Cheick Hamala Diabate has been added to the lineup to perform at Afrofest 2011. The celebrated instrumentalist, whose 2007 collaboration “From Mali to America” was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Traditional World Music Album, is a virtuoso performer and a genuine ‘griot’. He sings and performs songs of history and legend in the 800-year-old West African tradition, and takes the stage on Saturday evening, July 9.

Diabate rounds out a packed Afrofest lineup that includes international world music superact Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, Dizu Plaatjies and Ibuyambo, JP Buse, and a wealth of top African acts currently based in Canada.

Afrofest is a free festival celebration of the richness and diversity of African culture. Featuring fabulous music, an African marketplace, food and craft vendors, artistic displays, music workshops, and organized activities for youth and children, Afrofest is THE cultural event of the summer. It takes place in Toronto on Saturday, July 9th and Sunday, July 10th. Discover Africa in the Heart of Toronto! Come out and enjoy Afrofest in Queen’s Park for what may be the last time. Show the city how great Afrofest is, and how much it means to you!

African music legend Thomas Mapfumo is a feature act of Afrofest 2011. “The Lion of Zimbabwe” is considered both the Bob Dylan and the Bob Marley of Southern Africa for the immense impact his songs have made on the music and culture of his homeland. Indeed, the “Chimurenga” music he created was the soundtrack of the revolution in Zimbabwe. A titan of African recording, Mapfumo, with more than 20 albums of outstanding original music to his name, has been performing his songs of love, freedom, and justice for more than 40 years.

Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited will also be performing an ‘Afterfest’ concert at the Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West, on Monday, July 11. Admission is $20 at the door, $15 in advance – Tickets available at Afrofest and other locations to be announced.

South Africa’s Dizu Plaatjies and Ibuyambo will make their Canadian debut performance at Afrofest 2011. Dizu led his band Amampondo in wowing the crowd at Nelson Mandela’s famous birthday concert at Wembley Stadium in 1988. They were later made official ambassadors of South African music, and their 2000 show at Afrofest stands as one of the festival’s finest ever performances. A startlingly original act, not to be missed.

The Afrofest headliners will be supported by some of the top African groups based in Canada, including JP Buse (Zaire), Femi Abosede & Culture Force (Nigeria), Zekuhl (Cameroon), Ruth Mathiang and Waleed Kush (Sudan), Ijo Vudu Dance International (Nigeria), Soukous Tchatcho (Congo), the Tich Maredza Band (Zimbabwe), Anastasio & Zalang (Equatorial Guinea), Amadou Kienou (Guinea), Beyond Sound (various Africa), Justine CanAfric (Ivory Coast), Rumba Iyambo (Cuba) and the Symphony Steel Orchestra (Trinidad).

For more information on Afrofest and stage performers go to http://www.musicafrica.org

Music Africa thanks, World Remit for its Gold sponsorship of Afrofest 2011.

Music Africa gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council, and of media partner CIUT 89.5 FM and media supporters Planet Africa, Amet-TV and CBC Radio 99.1 FM.

For more information see http://www.musicafrica.org, call 416-469-5336, or email info@musicafrica.org

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Afrofest in Queen’s Park 3 weeks away‏


Afrofest Starts in early July – Photo Courtesy of Thomson Reuters

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AFROFEST AT QUEEN’S PARK ON JULY 9th & 10th

Afrofest, a free celebration of the richness and diversity of African culture, is set for Queen’s Park in Toronto on Saturday, July 9th and Sunday, July 10th. Featuring world-renowned African musicians and top African groups based in Canada, an African marketplace, food and craft vendors, artistic displays, music workshops, and organized activities for youth and children. Afrofest is THE cultural event of the summer.

Discover Africa in the Heart of Toronto!

African music legend Thomas Mapfumo will be a feature act of Afrofest 2011. “The Lion of Zimbabwe” is considered both the Bob Dylan and the Bob Marley of Southern Africa for the immense impact his songs and life example have made on the music and culture of his homeland. The “Chimurenga” music he created was the soundtrack of the revolution in Zimbabwe. A titan of African recording, Mapfumo, with more than 20 albums of outstanding original music to his name, has been performing his songs of love, freedom, and justice for more than 40 years.

Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited will also be performing an ‘Afterfest’ concert at the Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West, on Monday, July 11. Admission is $20 at the door, $15 in advance – Tickets available at Afrofest and other locations to be announced.

South Africa’s Dizu Plaatjies and Ibuyambo will make their Canadian debut performance at Afrofest 2011. Dizu led his band Amampondo in wowing the crowd at Nelson Mandela’s famous birthday concert at Wembley Stadium in 1988. They were later made official ambassadors of South African music, and their 2000 show at Afrofest stands as one of the festival’s finest ever performances. A startlingly original act, not to be missed!

The Afrofest headliners will be supported by some of the top African groups based in Canada, including JP Buse (Zaire), Femi Abosede & Culture Force (Nigeria), Zekuhl (Cameroon), Ruth Mathiang (Sudan), Ijo Vudu (Nigeria), Soukous Tchatcho (Congo), The Tich Maredza Band (Zimbabwe), Anastasio & Zalang (Equatorial Guinea), Amoudou (Guinea), Beyond Sound (various Africa), Justine CanAfric (Ivory Coast) and Symphonix (Trinidad). More acts will be announced very soon. For more information on Afrofest and stage performers go to http://www.musicafrica.org

Music Africa gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council. Many thanks also to media partner CIUT 89.5 FM and media supporters Planet Africa, Amet-TV and CBC Radio 99.1 FM.

For more information see http://www.musicafrica.org, call 416-469-5336, or email info@musicafrica.org

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AFROFEST at QUEEN’S PARK on JULY 9th & 10th – Headliners Announced‏


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AFROFEST, a free celebration of the richness and diversity of African culture, is set for Queen’s Park in Toronto on Saturday, July 9th and Sunday, July 10th. Featuring world-renowned African musicians and top African groups based in Canada, an African marketplace, food and craft vendors, artistic displays, music workshops, and organized activities for youth and children. Afrofest is THE cultural event of the summer. Discover Africa in the Heart of Toronto!

African music legend Thomas Mapfumo, with his band The Blacks Unlimited, will be a feature act of Afrofest 2011. “The Lion of Zimbabwe” is considered both the Bob Dylan and the Bob Marley of Southern Africa for the immense impact his songs and life example have made on the music and culture of his homeland. The “Chimurenga” music he created was the soundtrack of the revolution in Zimbabwe. A titan of African recording, Mapfumo, with more than 20 albums of outstanding original music to his name, has been performing his songs of love, freedom, and justice for more than 40 years. Mapfumo has twice before performed at Afrofest, this year he’ll take the stage to complete the weekend line-up, on Sunday, July 10.

Thomas Mapfumo will also be performing an ‘Afterfest’ concert at the Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West, on Monday, July 11. Admission is $20 at the door, $15 in advance – Tickets available at Afrofest and other locations to be announced.

South Africa’s Dizu Plaatjies and Ibuyambo will make their Canadian debut performance at Afrofest 2011. Dizu led his band Amampondo in wowing the crowd at Nelson Mandela’s famous birthday concert at Wembley Stadium in 1988. They were later made official ambassadors of South African music, and their 2000 show at Afrofest stands as one of the festival’s finest ever performances.

The Afrofest headliners will be supported by some of the top African groups based in Canada, including Femi Abosede & Culture Force (Nigeria), The Tich Maredza Band (Zimbabwe), Anastasio & Zalang Band (Equatorial Guinea), and Zekuhl (Cameroon). More acts will be announced very soon. For more information on Afrofest and stage performers go to http://www.musicafrica.org

Music Africa thanks all those who supported keeping Afrofest at Queen’s Park in 2011. In spite of City statements that conditions are still to be met, there should be NO DOUBT that Music Africa will resolve them all and put on an Afrofest to be remembered.

Music Africa gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Ontario Arts Council. Many thanks also to media co-partners CBC Radio 99.1 FM and CIUT 89.5 FM.

For more information see http://www.musicafrica.org, call 416-469-5336, or email info@musicafrica.org

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‘SUPPORT AFROFEST’ GOOD FRIDAY CONCERT – 4 Great Acts, 1 Great Concert


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Music Africa’s Good Friday SUPPORT AFROFEST concert goes tomorrow, Friday, April 22.

Featuring four top African music acts:

The Resolutionaries Marimba Band (Zimbabwe)

Donné Roberts (Madagascar)

Ruth Mathiang (Sudan)

Afrafranto (Ghana). And many special guests.

FOUR GREAT ACTS, ONE GREAT CONCERT

At the Centre for Culture and Arts, 918 Bathurst Street

(Two blocks north of Bloor Street; near Bathurst subway)

Spring into concert season and show your support for Afrofest 2011 at the same time.

At the concert, Music Africa will update fans on the latest discussions with the city to ensure that AFROFEST 2011 TAKES PLACE AT QUEEN’S PARK.

Also, Music Africa will be announcing many of the artists who will be performing at Afrofest 2011, which this year takes place on July 9 and 10.

Doors open at 7 pm, performances shortly after 8.

Tickets $20 at the door, includes free one-year membership to Music Africa.

http://www.musicafrica.org/

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AFROFEST 2010 – LINE-UP ANNOUNCED


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AFROFEST is a FREE celebration of African music and culture presented by Music Africa and held annually at Queen’s Park in downtown Toronto. This year the festival takes place on the weekend of Saturday, July 10th and Sunday, July 11th, the final weekend of Africa’s first World Cup of soccer. Discover Africa in the heart of Toronto!

Musical superstar Meiway will be one of the headline acts at the 22nd annual Afrofest. ‘The Genius of Bassam’ hails from Côte d’Ivoire, but the rules dance floors all across Africa. Now with 9 albums to his name over a recording career spanning 15 years, the award-winning creator of “zoblazo” music will bring his gripping rhythms to the Afrofest main stage.

South Africa’s Dizu Plaatjies and Ibuyambo make their Canadian debut performance. Dizu led his band Amampondo in wowing the crowd at Nelson Mandela’s famous birthday concert at Wembley Stadium in 1988. They were later made official ambassadors of South African music. Their 2000 performance at Afrofest stands on one of the festival’s finest moments. When not on tour, Dizu is a lecturer on African music at the University of Cape Town. He will also be giving workshops at Afrofest’s Baobab Stage.

Chiwoniso is still in her early 30s, but ‘Zimbabwe’s Rebel Woman’ has already packed several lifetimes worth of honours and collaborations into her musical career. Fronting some of Southern Africa’s best musicians, she’ll perform the deeply uplifting songs that have made her one of the most exciting talents in contemporary African music.

Bayuda du Congo is one of the classic groups from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Live, they are a band that takes over a stage and soon has the entire audience dancing and shaking.

Muna Mingole was born in Paris. In her youth, she visited the Cameroonian village of her ancestors and, enchanted, stayed there for 8 years. On moving to Canada she couldn’t resist her musical calling and joined a band which soon became a sensation of Canadian World Beat music. They have performed at major festivals and, in 2002, for Queen Elizabeth during her Canadian jubilee tour.

These fantastic performers will be joined on the main stage by JP Buse (Congo), Masaisai (Zimbabwe), Waleed Kush (Sudan), and Soul Influence (an a cappella ensemble, its members are from Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ghana, and Zambia). And that’s just for starters, many more acts will be announced in the coming weeks.

Afrofest is a showcase of the richness and diversity of African culture. It is an event of song, dance, drumming, and theatre, featuring world-renowned African music acts as well as dozens of highly-rated African musical groups based in Canada. With a bustling African marketplace, food and craft vendors, artistic displays, a Children’s Village, a drum stage, music workshops, and organized fun and educational activities for youth and children.

In addition to the performances on the main stage, there’ll be non-stop activity at the Baobab Stage, with music and dance workshops (including by main-stage performers), a Youth Zone with singers, dancers, hip-hop artists, poets, drummers and spoken-word performers. At the Olatunji Drum Stage, there’ll be performances, demonstrations, drum circles and workshops. For the younger ones, there’s a Children’s Village area, with activities designed to teach and inform about African culture through art and crafts, drumming, and storytelling. Afrofest is the African cultural event of the summer!!

The FIFA World Cup of Soccer is being held in South Africa in 2010, the first time it has been hosted by an African nation. The tournament’s climactic final is on Afrofest Sunday, and Queen’s Park will resound with energy and excitement of both events. Come to play!

Afrofest 2010 will be broadcast live on CIUT, 89.5 FM on both days of the festival.

On June 11th Music Africa presents a pre-Afrofest event the Opera House, 735 Queen Street East, featuring one of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s hottest acts. Quartier Latin Academia was founded in 1998 by Sam Tshintu and Bourro Npela. With opening act Njacko Backo and Kalimba Kalimba. This concert is presented in association with OSEA, a non-profit organization which supports social entrepreneurs in Africa and also works to improve the healthcare system. For info and tickets see http://www.musicafrica.org/events.htm

Music Africa gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

For more information see www.musicafrica.org, call 416-469-5336, or email info@musicafrica.org

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