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Music Photos: 2006 (Updated: Feb. 16, 2007)
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  HIGHLIGHTS: Some favourite photos /and or concerts and shows  (Updated October /06).

Includes Aster Aweke, Amadou & Mariam, Refugee All-Stars, Baaba Maal, Oliver Mtukudzi, King Sunny Ade, African Guitar Summit, Orchestra Baobab, Bembeya Jazz, Tinariwen, Mahmoud Ahmed and lots more.

Includes Debashish Battacharya, Mighty Sparrow, Wanda Jackson Sidi Goma, Trio Joubran, Billy Joe Shaver, David Murray, Radio Kabul, Buddy Miller, Leon Russell, Lhasa, Lila Downs, and more.
To view pictures:
Each concert is contained in its own photo album. You can also link to an album of all shows in a month, or visit the
Main Gallery Page)

Inside each album, you can click on individual photos, or click the "slideshow" link in the upper right.  Right below the "slideshow" link, you'll see other links that take you up a level, e.g. from an individual show album to the album grouping all the shows that month (or months).


2006 November - December
  Dec. 2: ZOÉ, DONNÉ ROBERTS at the Trane Studio

photos to come

Dec. 1: ADAM SOLOMON & TIKISA at Safari Village
Nov. 5: BETTYE LaVETTE at Lee's Palace
(Click on thumbnail at right for larger image).

"The Greatest Unknown Soul Singer in the World" returned to Lee's Palace for a knock-out, jammed midnight performance. And what a performer!  See my review of her November 2005 show here. for more info.

2006: October
Oct. 7: K'NAAN at The Brigantine Room (Harbourfront)

The "Dusty Foot Philosopher" made a rare appearance in his home town. His deserved success has been keeping him touring the world.

For a review of K'Naan's album by the BBC's Charlie Gillett, click here. K'Naan was Charlie's last in-studio radio guest, and was also the last performer (live at Womad) on Charlie's long-running radio show. Both programs are available on the Mondomix radio archives.

Photos of other performers that night still to come.


Inventor and player of various "slide guitars", mixing Indian classical music with western; he considers himself a bridge between past and future. The show was part of the annual Small World Music festival

2006: September
Sep. 30: AFRICAN GUITAR SUMMIT at The Music Hall

Coinciding with the release of their excellent African Guitar Summit II CD; the follow-up to the original Juno winner. The original AGS II concert from February, 2006 will be re-broadcast on CBC "On Stage" on Sunday, Oct. 15. Radio 2 2pm; Radio 1 8pm.. Original program notes here.

Sep. 29: WANDA JACKSON at The Cadillac Lounge

The Queen of Rockabilly returns to Toronto. Still rocking, still energetic, still gracious. A real queen. See my review of her 2005 show here, and visit Wanda's website here.

Sep. 23: MADAGASCAR SLIM at The Silver Dollar

Slim does a rare solo set, opening for Digging Roots. It includes a wonderful, 2-song reunion with long-time partner Donné Roberts.


Sep. 22: NATACHA ATLAS at The Phoenix.

Part of the 2006 Small World Music Festival. An acoustic, rootsy show by the Anglo-Egyptian Star. The Sep. 21 Toronto Star carried a lengthy profile of her written by John Goddard. To hear her new album, Mish Maoul, click here.

Sep. 23: DIGGING ROOTS at The Silver Dollar

Photos posted soon!... meanwhile, click the photo on left for a larger image.

Sep. 17: RALLY FOR DARFUR at Ramsden Park

Photos to come

2006: August
Aug 14: THOMAS MAPFUMO at Harbourfront Centre.

Part of the AIDS 2006 International Conference

Aug. 14: SOUL INFLUENCE at Harbourfront Centre. Part of the AIDS 2006 International Conference
Aug. 4: THE MIGHTY SPARROW! at Harbourfront.

"The King of Calypso" & a packed house

Photos coming Aug. 5: Kikijiko, Chasaya Sichilima & Donné Roberts at the Gladstone;
Aug. 14:  Donné Roberts at Harbourfront


2006: July:
Photos coming

Jul. 21: SIERRA MAESTRA at Harbourfront Centre. Cuban legends

Jul. 16: KEKELE at Harbourfront Centre - Sweet Congolese rumba on a steamy afternoon


Jul. 15: JAMAICA TO TORONTO at Harbourfront

Some of the great figures from Toronto's music history came together for a wonderful reunion with a packed house. Performers included Jay Douglas, Bob & Wisdom, The Mighty Pope and others.

The concert marked the release of a compilation CD of the same title featuring many original soul hits from this era done by these and other Jamaican-Canadian musicians. For more information and background, see Light in the Attic label and the Jul. 13 NOW article.

Jul. 12: FEMI ABOSEDE at the Lula Lounge

CD Release of No Compromise by the Toronto keeper of Fela Kuti's legacy.


Jul. 8: SOLOMON BURKE at Massey Hall

No concert photos, but there's a great story here. (My favourite "musician encounter" since Chuck Berry picked me up hitchhiking in 1969).

Jul. 8-9: AFROFEST at Queen's Park

Two days of fantastic African music, and great vibes.  Tapa Diarra & Kassoum Diamoutene, Amara Kante, Mel M'rabet, Carmen Souza, Ras Israel, Danny & Nouvel Exposé, Ijo Vudu Dance Troupe, Hadi Ahmed, Mamadou Diabate, Muna Mingole, African Guitar Summit, Sekouba Bambino... and a cast of thousands (of happy festival goers), plus the Children's Village, workshops, vendors, food and more.

Jul. 6: SALIF KEITA at  Harbourfront

The greatest voice in Africa in his first Toronto show in 6 years. Still astounding.



Jul. 6: AFRAFRANTO at Harbourfront

The Ghanaian Palm Wine musicians (several are members of the African Guitar Summit) opened for Salif Keita. This is the same group that put on such a great show in February at the intimate NOW Lounge. (Photos of that show here; the CIUT broadcast is here). Theo Yaw Boyakye (vocals), Pa Joe (guitar), Kofi Ackah (drums), Ebenezer Agyekum (bass).

Jul 2: AMADOU & MARIAM at Harbourfront:

Subject of a documentary film, the group opened for Amadou & Mariam.

In October (2006), Afropop Worldwide offered a review of their album, Living Like a Refugee (with a song clip), as well as an interview with the group's founder and leader, Reuben Koroma

2006: June
Jun. 16: NJACKO BACKO CD Release at the Gladstone Hotel

Release of Ba Ba Oh, Njacko played with both Toumkak Drummers and Kalimba Kalimba, as well as Saba and Helena of Nouvel Exposé

Jun. 9: HASSAN EL HADI and DONNE ROBERTS at the NOW Lounge

Music Africa's Afrofest Launch night featured Montreal-based Moroccan oud player Hassan El-Hadi, and Toronto's Donne Roberts

2006: May
  Various May shows to be posted, including:
May 19: CHASAYA SICHILIMA CD Release (for Walasa) at the NOW Lounge (with Donné Roberts)


May 14: ASTER AWEKE with Tewodros Tadesse at the Kool Haus

The huge Ethiopian singing star with the magnificent voice was in great shape, backed by a terrific band and was greeted by a huge and enthusiastic crowd of fans.

May 4: ADAM SOLOMON & TIKISA CD release at the Lula Lounge

A full house and packed dance floor for the release of Mti Wa Maisha (Tree of Life). My photos of the show are here; a review of the show is at the Live Music Report. More info, including CD reviews at

2006: March

A midnight concert by Libyan and Egyptian performers the night before the Total Solar Eclipse. Photos and journal of the trip are posted here. (Concert photos and notes here).

  Mar. 18: DONNE ROBERTS at the Gladstone Hotel.


  Mar. 11: NJACKO BACKO at the Gladstone Hotel.


  Mar. 9: NDIDI ONUKWULU (CD Release Party) at Hugh's Room.

CD Release for No, I Never. See

Mar. 9: DIGGING ROOTS at Hugh's Room.

Opening for Ndidi Onukwulu. See

2006: February
  Feb. 25: "DARE THE DEVIL": fiddle series at Hugh's Room

With Anne Lederman, Tom Leighton, Ian Bell, and guests Jamie Snider and Kim Vincent, with Erynn Marshall and Chris Cool.

  Feb. 23: ADAM SOLOMON & TIKISA at "Winter Bana Y'Africa" at the Tranzac Club


  Feb. 18: AFRICAN GUITAR SUMMIT II at Glenn Gould Studios.

The full 9-man group again, with new music -- and guest vocalists Muna Mingole and Oumou Soumare.

  Feb. 17: PALM WINE MUSIC (Afrafronto) from Ghana at the NOW Lounge.

With Pa Joe, Kofi Ackah and Theo Yaw Boyakye. A wonderful night -- one of the best African music shows in a long time. A Music Africa "Acoustic Africa" show.

Feb. 17: LURA (Portugal/Cape Verde) at the Lula Lounge 

(Photos to be posted soon). It was a sold-out show for the rising star. Some links: BBC World Music Award artist profile (with audio link). More background about here. For audio of her full 2005 Womad concert, click here. Mondomix has a page about her, with a video clip from a concert in Morocco.

Watch for: my photos of the show posted here soon, and The Live Music Report will be posting a review of the Feb. 17 show. Click here for my photos from her Small World Festival show last September.

  Feb. 11: DONNE ROBERT at Harbourfront.

His CD Release show. See a review of the show on The Live Music Report website.

Feb. 10: BLACK UMFOLOSI  (Zimbabwe) at the Lula Lounge

Their first trip to Toronto in five years in a sold-out show. See my review of the show here. Click above for photos. Visit their website here


and FOJEBA at the Tranzac Club

2006: January
Jan. 28: HORN OF AFRICA at the Glenn Gould Studios

With Faduma Nkrumah (Somalia), Eid Ismael (Sudan), Danny (Eritrea), and numerous other musicians.

  Jan. 20: TRIBUTE TO TARIG ABUBAKAR at The Cottage

With a lineup of musicians, friends and family. See here for my original show notice.

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