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T.O. Music Pix Newsletter #15: Aug. 3/06
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An event update, with a few extras:


My event page has been updated with a full August schedule. A few highlights include:

U-Carmen Ekhayelitsha
Bizet's Carmen transposed and translated into a South African setting. A film version of the stage production that played here in 2003. I highly recommend it; far superior in my opinion to Tsotsi, the South African film that won the Foreign Film Oscar. At Canada Square

"Caribana" weekend includes: Mighty Sparrow - Aug. 4. Harbourfront. The truly legendary calypso performer, a full "Island Soul" festival at Harbourfront, Irie Festival at Nathan Phillips Square, and IRIE day at Ontario Place with Steel Pulse and Ernest Ranglin.

Donne Roberts & Chasaya Sichilima - Aug. 5 at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (Queen & Dufferin). show at 9. $10 or PWYC.

Three fundraisers at the Lula. Details are at
Aug. 6: East Africa Famine Benefit at the Lula Lounge . A fundraiser for the Save The Children's famine relief efforts in Kenya. Details here.

Aug. 20: Night for Billy Bryans, one of the prime movers of the Toronto world music scene, now unable to work because of lung cancer.  Featuring: Amanda Martinez, Alberto Alberto, Diego Marulanda, Juan Carlos Bulnes, Latin Street, Luis Mario Ochoa, Madagascar Slim, Parachute Club, Samba Squad and Son Ache. Details here

Aug. 22: "From the Hip: For Lebanon and Gaza"
A bellydancing fundraiser for relief efforts, featuring Roula Said, Arabesque Dance Company and more. Details here.


Move Your World: the documentary about three Canadian teens in Tanzania (and featuring the music of Adam Solomon): Aug. 13 on TVO and Aug. 16 at the Ontario College of Art and Design

Jazz & the Cold War. From a CBC newsletter:
"During the Cold War, culture was a weapon in the fight between the U-S and the USSR. The latter had the Bolshoi Ballet and great orchestras, but the U-S had…jazz. Ironically, many of the greatest jazz performers were black, and were struggling for racial equality. Tonight on Dispatches, Rick MacInnes-Rae's conversation with the author of a book that looks at the uneasy relationship between the giants of American jazz - Armstrong, Ellington, Gillespie and more - and the government that wanted to make them poster people for the American Way. Dispatches, with Rick MacInnes-Rae, this evening at 7:30 (8 NT) on CBC Radio One".

Charlie Gillett's's last show. A reminder his broadcast from WOMAD, featuring K'Naan is available online this week until Saturday. See the previous newsletter.

"The World in Performance" on CBC Radio Two featuring recorded live performances. This Friday: Amadou & Mariam and The Mighty Popo. See for a schedule of shows until Sep. 1.



For those who caught Aurelio Martinez, the Garifuna musician from Honduras at Harbourfront, there is an interview with him on the Afropop website: Ken Stowar of CIUT (the station broadcast most of the weekend's concerts), called Martinez's show "the gem of the weekend" Afropop also has a review of the new Kekele album (the Congolese group followed Martinez the same day).

Website: I have now added a search feature to the website.

Video clips
A few assorted items that may entertain or amuse:
Inventive slide work:

Some video clips from Mali:

Surely this Swedish clip has to have won awards:


John Leeson

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