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In this issue:
1. Andy Palacio dies
2. Kenyan fundraiser, Jan. 20
3. Best of 2007
4. Miscellaneous Notes
5. Event notes
1. ANDY PALACIO DIES
very tragic news. The Garifuna musician from Belize,
Wátina was on more world music "best of 2007" lists
mine) than any other
passed away today, following a severe heart attack. On Friday, he was flown by air ambulance
from Belize to Chicago, but stoped enroute in Mobile Alabama
where he was hospitalized.
Palacio was a national icon in
Belize, not just for his music, but for his tireless championing
of the Garifuna culture, music and language. Charlie Gillett
wrote today that "Andy
is an even-tempered man who has interpreted any personal acclaim
as being recognition for the Garifuna people of Belize, whose
music and culture he has done so much to champion"
concert last July was one of my very favourites of the year.
I have a number of web and video links of him on my "Best of
2007" page (link above).
More information on his death
(and life) are posted at
World Music Central.
2. KENYAN FUNDRAISER: Sunday Jan. 20
The following note comes from Ben Ondoro, the
President of the Kenyan Community in Ontario. Note that
Adam Solomon (of Tikisa
and the African Guitar Summit) will entertain.
As we already know, the
on-going violence across Kenya in recent days has left thousands of people
in urgent need of humanitarian assistance and it is reported that over
100,000 people have been affected or displaced, over 450 killed and over
In response to this
humanitarian emergency, the
Kenyan Community in Ontario (KCO) is planning a
fund raising event in collaboration with the Canadian Red Cross so that all
the funds raised can be immediately transferred to the Kenyan Red Cross Team
assisting on the ground.
It is therefore my pleasure
to invite you on behalf of the Kenyan Community in Ontario to come out in
support of this emergency fund raising initiative scheduled for Sunday
Civic CentreMore info: (519) 826-3789, or email:
5100 Yonge St. (5 blocks north of Sheppard Subway station at the location).
As mentioned in the Andy Palacio note, I've
posted my picks for 2007: live shows, CD's and more. As well, I have links
to numerous other critics' and organizations' picks. Click the link above.
4. MISCELLANEOUS NOTES
As predicted, the Ethiopian star's concert late Christmas
night was a real treat. He kept a full house entertained until
3am. My photos are
and YouTube has
a few short
clips from the show. More about him on my "Best of 2007"
One of my "best of 2007" shows was the "Night of the Living
Ned" tribute show to the late Queen St. rockabilly and country
singer who died in January, 1986. He's certainly not forgotten:
The January 10 issue of NOW magazine had a huge cover
story on him. ("He's Ned, he's dead and he's making a
comeback!"). The online story has audio and video links and a
podcast. The double CD Anthology, The Name is Ned is now
being released in the U.S., and a documentary film about him is
planned for release at June's NXNE Festival. My photos of
his tribute show are
here, and I
have more links on the Best Of 2007 page.
Some new video clips on my
video page, including
Iris Dement (a lovely song, "Our Town", plus a blistering
commentary on the U.S, "Wasteland of the Free", written in the
mid 90's); Elvis ("I can't stand still. I tried it, I just can't
do it" he tells Milton Berle); the late Townes Van Zandt (with
Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle & Willie Nelson; blistering "Sacred
Steel" gospel guitars from the Campbell Brothers, and some
pretty wild Indonesian rock& roll from 1960.
A few notable events (and one
non-event). Click the link above for details of these and many more
- Cancelled: Master Musicians of
Jajouka: The highly anticipated ancient Moroccan group (ancient
in their history... not their ages!), scheduled by Small World
Music for Feb. 1 unfortunately has been cancelled. However, they
do have a North American tour planned for this summer, so
hopefully they will be coming to town then.
- Feb. 15: Hugh Masekela: Small
World (together with Karibuni Radio) made a nice recovery from
that cancellation when they booked the legendary South African
trumpeter into the Phoenix.
- Jan. 18-20: Gordon Lightfoot Tribute at
- Jan. 20:
Ensemble (Armenia) at the Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts
(Small World Music)
- Jan. 21: Maple Blues Awards at the Mod Club
- Jan. 22: Peru Negro at Massey Hall
- Jan. 25: Madagascar Slim &
Fado Blues at the
- Jan. 25: Havana Norte with Roberto Linares Brown at the Lula
- Jan. 27: Maza Mezé at
the Music Gallery
- Jan. 30: Adam Solomon & Tikisa at the "Hearts for Smarts" Fundraiser at the Distillery
Sponsored by the Canada Mathare Education
Trust, to raise funds to create secondary school
scholarships for students in the Mathare slum in Nairobi, Kenya.
- Feb. 1: Njacko Backo
DVD Release at the Gladstone. Also playing: Donné Roberts & Jacques
- Feb. 7-9: African
Footprint at the Sony
Centre for the Performing Arts
"The longest-running show in South Africa tells the
history of that country through a blend music and dance"
- Feb. 7: Adam Solomon &
Tikisa at the Lula Lounge
- Feb. 8: "Salsa Africa" at the Lula Lounge
A unique project, bringing together some of Toronto's finest
African and Latin musicians, with roots in Madagascar, Peru,
Kenya, Germany, Nigeria, Cuba, Ecuador, Jamaica, Italy and
Venezuela, and more. Among the performers: Donné Roberts, Adam
Solomon, Lady Son, Richard Underhill, Roberto Linares Brown and
- Feb. 8-9: John Hammond at
- Also upcoming: Lyle Lovett &
John Hiatt (Feb. 13 at Massey Hall); Benefit for Oliver Schroer
(Feb. 18-19 at Hugh's Room); Buckwheat Zydeco (Feb. 21 at the