This hardly needs noting for even casual
African music fans; it's one of those weekends that makes living
in (or near) Toronto a joy. The music is just one of its
treasures. And, despite all the hard work Music Africa does to
book local and international talent, and organize the crafts,
food and other vendors, once again, its looks like its weather
committee is coming through with flying colours this weekend.
Just enough sun and heat to force occasional visits to the beer
garden (and lemonade stands).
Once again, there will be three music stages
to keep you busy. There have been a few lineup changes recently,
so to check the latest schedule and other info, check Music
Afrofest page has the full schedule of all three
stages on the page. The schedule (plus a Festival map) is
also available as a download.
There are numerous other performers on the
other stages as well; check the links above for details and
See you there!
2. Next week: See event page for more
details on these and many other shows.
There will be another newsletter next week
covering some other July and August shows, but some shows to
watch for in the next week include:
Jul. 10: Sleepy Labeef at the
Dominion on Queen. A one of a kind, the now
67-year old rockabilly singer claims to know over 6000 songs,
and will play whatever you ask, in his deep Arkansas twang.
"Sleepy speaks... liars tremble", says Nick Lowe. Watch him
here do "Strange Things Happening", a song by the great
gospel singer, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, followed by a brief
interview with Conan O'Brien.
Tien-Juicani at the Lula Lounge. Traditional folk music, based on
the folk harp, from Veracruz, Mexico
James McMurtry at
Lee's Palace. American singer from Texas, known for his political
and social commentary.
him perform one of his best known songs, "We Can't Make
It Her Anymore", on the TV Show "Corporate Country Sucks".
16: Del Castillo
at Yonge Dundas Square. Flamenco, rock, Latin, blues & world music.
"Expressions of Brazil" at Harbourfront Centre
Jul. 19-25: An
all-star week of music. See events page, and the next
3. Two of last week's shows
Angelique Kidjo is truly deserving of the
growing accolades she's been receiving over the years. Even Time
magazine may not be far off, calling her "Africa's premier
diva". She always tries something new, and exploring various
music's in each of her CD's (but always through an African
filter, as she says, "Because I'm African". And as she
showed dramatically on Canada Day in the big tent of the Jazz
Festival, she puts on a superb live show. More photos of her
Last Saturday night, the 12-piece Haitian
group, L'Orchestre Sepentrional, made its first-ever Canadian
appearance (in its 60-year history) at Harbourfront Centre. I
hope it won't be their last. Their unique sound is certainly
worth checking out. (They will be at London's SunFest this