Some events to consider this weekend: See alsowww.events.to-music.cafor more
Jul. 22: Sexteto Tabala at the Lula
Last weekend, Harbourfront held the Colombian Diaspora Festival (see Harbourfront blog for some video & photos)
Friday night, the Lula hosts the Toronto debut of Sexteto Tabala, from San Basilio de Palenque (“the first free town in America”). The Lula describes their music as “a unique mixture of Cuban son with Afro-Colombian rhythms such as bullerengue, porros, cumbia and funeral rituals.” A chance to catch some unique music (I plan to).
Details, links & video on the Lula website
Note: NVOZ, a Columbian acapella group was also originally scheduled to perform that night at Mel Lastman Square as part of the free weekly Cultura Festival, but that show has
been cancelled, and Elizabeth Shepherd will perform instead.
Jul. 21-24: Tirgan Iranian Festival at Harbourfront
What better place to stay cool then by the lake?
Jul. 23-24: Bana Y’Afrique
The annual free African music festival will be on Sat & Sun at David Pecault Square (Metro Square) at King & John. Performers include Blaise Bamba from the Congo, Njacko Backo, Afrafranto, Anastasio & Zalang (Equatorial Guinea), Tamsir Seck & numerous others. Details here
Jul. 23-24: Hillside Festival
A truly eclectic festival, this year’s world & roots performers include Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Tuareg musicians Etran Finatawa (there will even be a performance with them and Egypt 80!), Maracatu Mar Aberto, Serena Ryder, One Hundred Dollars, Emmanuel Jal and Old Man Luedecke.
Jul. 23-24. Last weekend of Beaches Jazz Festival