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My event page has been updated with a full
August schedule. A few highlights include:
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
Donne Roberts & Chasaya Sichilima - Aug.
5 at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (Queen & Dufferin). show at 9. $10 or
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
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.
Aug. 22: "From the Hip: For Lebanon and Gaza"
A bellydancing fundraiser for relief efforts, featuring Roula Said,
Arabesque Dance Company and more.
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
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
http://www.cbc.ca/theworldinperformance/thisweek.html 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:
http://www.afropop.org/multi/interview/ID/97/. 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
Website: I have now added a search feature
to the website.
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