T.O. Music Pix Newsletter #110: June 10/10 Click here for information on
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Updated June 11
In this issue:
1. Luminato notes
a) "The Concert", June 12
b) Other concerts and events
2. Upcoming events
3. Jazz Festival & Angelique Kidjo on radio
4. A huge African July weekend
5. Last weekend: Ethio Stars & Ricardo Lemvo
1. Luminato (June 11-20)
A few notes on the opening of what in a
few years has become one of Toronto's most significant cultural
events. Details on these and others on my
events page, and of course, the
a) "The Concert": June 12
This cover of this week's NOW magazine
screams "OMFG NXNE!". For African music fans, we could say the
same thing about the lineup of this Saturday's free Queen's Park
concert. I've already posted enough raves about the lineup, it
doesn't need much more now, other than summing it up as "If you're interested in
the kind of music covered on this website, you can't miss this
one". See the
for more information about many of the artists.
Rock The Casbah
2pm Maryem Tollar Ensemble
3pm Karim Saada
4pm Rachid Taha
An African Prom
7:00pm Mr. Something Something
8:00pm Tony Allen
9pm Bela Fleck / The Africa Project
featuring Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba
A nice article on the musician who will be the highlight for
me (and quite possibly the highlight of the year), Bassekou
Kouyaté, in today's Toronto Star by John Goddard. John
also has a brief
writeup about Rachid Taha and others.
John's Bassekou article notes that he (Kouyaté)
was originally known as a sideman, playing on numerous
recordings of, and in concert with, other more famous musicians.
A couple of years ago, the late British DJ, Charlie Gillett,
devoted one of his World Service shows to this aspect of
Bassekou's career, playing songs featuring Bassekou on albums by
artists like Youssou n'Dour, Toumani Diabaté, etc. The radio
show is no longer online, but Charlie's notes, and comments by
others are posted
Finally, as noted in the last newsletter, and in
the Star, Throw Down Your Heart, the documentary
about Béla Fleck's musical trip to several African countries
will be screened on Saturday morning as part of the festival.
Tickets are $15, and Béla and Bassekou will attend and
participate in a Q&A session afterward.
Luminato offers much more great free music, notably
June 17: "Spotlight on Arabic Film": Five
free films at the NFB building.
for details. (Click "View by Date" tab, and look for Jun. 17
One of the central pieces of Luminato is
African Trilogy:, three one-hour plays
focusing on different views of Africa and the West. Daily at
the Fleck Theatre, Harbourfront. See also
this June 7 article in the Globe & Mail by John
Jun. 3-Aug. 2: Bamako in
Toronto": a collection of images from Africa's top
contemporary photography festival. Gladstone Hotel,
See my event page for other related events,
2. Other events
Beyond Luminato:a few other shows of note in the next week or so
Friday night, June 11 Quartier Latin:
some great soukous and rumba from the Congo with this 12-piece
band -- Koffi Olomide's former group -- at The Opera House.
Njacko Backo and Kalimba Kalimba open. Presented by Music Africa
and the Organization for Social Entrepreneurship in Africa.
Proceeds to support entrepreneurs in Africa. See
http://www.musicafrica.org/events.htm for details and video.
Saturdays: Eritrean and Ethiopian grooves
weekly with Daniel Nebiat and Tamiru, at the new Lambadina Resto
Lounge, in the former Habesha Club location, 875 Bloor St. W.
Update: June 11
June 13: Béla Fleck is not the only banjo master coming to
town this weekend. Sunday night, Hugh's Room hosts
Alison Brown. For some background on her, read
Eric Thom's preview on the Roots Music Canada website.
The news that Alison Brown is coming to Toronto is huge....
But you may not know her – or her music.... [H]er Sunday
night show at Hugh’s Room will provide you intimate access
to see and hear one of the best practitioners of the
5-string banjo, and a hand-picked band known for their
ability to reconfigure any genre that comes their way. If
you think this is traditional fare, you’d best strap
yourself down for a pleasant awakening.
Earlier that day, the annual "Festival on Bloor" will
be held around Bloor & Brunswick, including musical performances
by Daniel Nebiat, Steven McKay,
David Woodhead's Confabulations, Hotcha!, Cafe Con Pan & Zebrina.
Noon - 6pm, and broadcast live on CIUT, 89.5, or at
June 17: Funkabelly at the Lula
promises "Wild moves & Global grooves", also featuring Toronto's
gypsy funk band, Nomadica.
June 18: Birthday and CD release
celebration for the late fiddler Oliver Schroer featuring
a host of guest musicians at Hugh's room.
June 19: Changuito, one of Cuba's
percussion legends and Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo at the Trane
More info on the
events page, which has
3. Toronto Jazz Festival (June 25-Jul. 4) & Angelique Kidjo
Many of the world and roots shows are listed
on the events page, and I'll have more notes coming out as this
gets closer, but wanted to note a time-sensitive link.
The Festival is bringing the great African
diva, Angelique Kidjo of Benin on July 1. You can hear her in a
one-hour live radio segment on BBC Radio London's show "World in
London" with host DJ Ritu online here.
available online until Saturday afternoon. A
fascinating discussion about her life, her father (her new CD,
Oyo, is dedicated to him), and her views.
One more festival note: The African Guitar
Summit show at the Lula on July 1 has been cancelled.
4. Big July weekend: July 23-25 African music fans, take note of that weekend:
Alpha Yaya Diallo of the African Guitar
Summit plays the Lula on the 23rd
The free Bana Y'Afrique is at Metro Hall
on the 24th and 25th, with an excellent lineup headed by
Congolese star M'bilia Bel, and also featuring the Ethio
Stars, Afrafronto, Donné Roberts, Ijo Vudu and others.
Oliver Mtukudzi returns to town on the
And, Toronto's Guinean griot, Katenen "Cheka"
Dioubaté releases her first CD the same night, featuring as
guest artist, one of Guinea's great voices, Sekkouba
You've been warned! (And of course, this is
not to forget the jam-packed Afrofest weekend of July 10-11.
5. Last weekend: Ethio Stars and Ricardo
Two great shows last weekend
featuring excellent musicians.
The Ethio Stars, in their
second appearance Friday night at the Lula Lounge played some
classic Ethiopian grooves. A top notch band, they'll also play
the Bana Y'Afrique festival July 24/25. Video clip
The next night, Congolese-born,
Angolan & LA-based Ricardo Lemvo got a big crowd dancing all
night at the Lula with his Afro-Cuban rhythms, in front of a
band featuring some members of his group Makina Loca, and a
number of Toronto's top Cuban and Latin musicians. Video clip
singer Ermias Assebework gets the crowd moving at the Gladstone