East Africa Relief concert: Aug. 25, Lula Lounge

Batuki Music Society invites you to ‘Msaada’, the East Africa Relief concert to benefit the Médicins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders Horn of Africa Crisis campaign taking place at the Lula Lounge on Thursday August 25th at 8 pm. ‘Msaada’ means help in the Kiswahili language, widely spoken in East Africa. The concert features a lineup of some of Toronto’s popular African artists:  Henok Abebe, Kooshin, Girma Woldemichael, Gezahegn Mamo, Faduma Nakruma, Daniel Nebiat, Donne Roberts, Kwame Stephens, Kemer Yousef, Njacko Backo and Val, Sonia Aimy, Ijovudu Dance, Hussein Adani, Yared Tesfaye, DJ Apollo and more. Many of the musicians performing … Continue reading

Griot concert (Sep 17) & annual Mamaya Festival (Sep 24)

From Toronto’s Katenen “Cheka” Dioubaté, a griot originally from Guinea. Her annual Mamaya festival… TAMALA (Toronto African Music and Living Arts) TAMALA is proud to present the 6th annual MAMAYA Festival and Griot Night Concert on two Saturdays, September 17& 24, 2011 at the Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education at 918 Bathurst Street. MAMAYA Festival will feature traditional African music and dance performances and activities for the whole family. The festival is free for all ages and everyone is invited to learn the Mamaya dance. Griot Night Concert & Workshop Where: 918 Bathurst, N Centre for Culture, Arts, Media … Continue reading

Vintage Vinyl Party & Sale: Aug. 27

CKLN — Toronto’s oldest community radio station — has indeed fallen on hard times, but is still broadcasting music, news & community information, now just online at ckln.fm They do however, need funds to continue, to find office & studio space (see this blog post) and to maintain the equipment needed. They’re hosting a sale of their vinyl archives, along with CD’s, books, and more to support Community Radio. Other dealers will have related items for sale. Aug. 27, 9-11 (preview), 11-4: General Public 55 Gould St. See poster for more details.  

Njacko Backo: Children’s camp, Children’s book- Aug. 22-26

Summer’s not over yet.  An opportunity for kids… Garrison Creek Art Centre’s African Safari, August 22-26 Njacko returns to the Garrison Creek Art Centre for a one week summer day camp where children will sing, dance, play music, and make an African animal sculpture! For photos from previous summer camps, and to see other camps being run this summer, please look at their website: www.garrisoncreekartcentre.ca. For registration and more details, please contact garrison-creek@sympatico.ca See the full gallery on Posterous   Njacko’s 1st Children’s Book: Baki and the Magic Egg/Baki et l’oeuf magique Njacko’s first bilingual children’s book Baki and the … Continue reading

Aug. 11 notes

T.O. Music Pix on CKLN: A reminder that I’ll be doing a guest spot on Paul Corby’s “Corby’s Orbit” show on CKLN Friday, Aug. 12 around 1pm, featuring some music and talk. Tune in online to www.ckln.fm   Also on the Internet this week While on the topic of Internet radio shows, I’m currently listening to DJ Ritu’s latest “A World In London” show. (Listen here) She began that show several years ago on BBC Radio London, taking over the timeslot of the late Charlie Gillett when he became ill. It featured a range of “world” and other music, reflecting … Continue reading

T.O. Music Pix on CKLN: Aug 12

I will be guesting on Paul Corby’s “Corby’s Orbit” show on CKLN Friday, Aug. 12 around 1pm, featuring some music and talk. Tune in online to www.ckln.fm CKLN — Toronto’s oldest community radio station — is still around and broadcasting (online for the moment) while they face two battles: loss of their broadcasting licence and loss of their offices/studios at the end of this month. Voices like CKLN’s are a vital and irreplaceable part of the city; it’s important to do what we can to keep those voices heard.

Event notes: Aug 7

A few items to watch for. See www.events.to-music.ca for more about these and many other upcoming shows: Stella Chiweshe is the big news in African music here, with performances Aug. 13, 20 & 21 and workshops. See elsewhere on this page for details Aug. 11-14: Two festivals: The Brampton Global Jazz & Blues Festival featuring a concert with Dr John & Jane Bunnett, plus performances by Bobby McFerrin, Rita Chiarelli and more. http://www.artofjazz.org/index.cfm African Dance Festival with performances & workshops at various locations. (The big concert is Aug. 14 at Nathan Phillips Square) Aug. 16: Fighting Against Famine benefit for … Continue reading

August Odds & Ends

“The Strange Alchemy of Fool’s Gold” on NPR A radio feature on the LA-based indie rock/African sounds/Hebrew lyrics band. They’re just about to release a new CD (lyrics in English this time), and will be coming to Toronto this fall for the Small World Music festival. (Sep 22-Oct 2). More from NPR: “The Music of Louisiana’s Angola State Penitentiary” “It’s been called the “Alcatraz of the South.” Locals call it “The Farm.” The Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola has been synonymous with brutality, suffering and executions for much of its 110-year history. There was a time when even the most … Continue reading

Stella Chiweshe in town

It’s a big deal when the Zimbabwean mbira player/singer/healer is here.  Last time she was in Toronto was 2007. (See my photos of her concert at the Berkeley St. Church). She’s back in town this month, and to date has the following appearances scheduled: Sat. Aug. 13: a solo performance at the Trane Studio Sat. Aug. 20: A workshop & solo performance at Earthsong Village Sun. Aug. 21: Performance, with a band featuring some of Toronto’s top Zimbabwean musicians at the Lula Lounge Press release from Batuki Music Society: The remarkable Stella Rambisai Chiweshe, known worldwide as the ‘Queen of … Continue reading

Newport Folk & WOMAD festival: audio, video, photos online

Two major music festivals were held last weekend: The Newport Folk Festival and in England, WOMAD.  Some info, audio, video and photos from those events: NEWPORT Most concerts are archived online on the NPR website. Last night, I enjoyed Ramblin’ Jack Elliott’s performance (with Pete Seeger guesting). One of a kind, and a true treasure. Ramblin’ Jack will be at Hugh’s Room on Sep. 24. A quote from Seeger at the Festival: “When kids get older, they realize that a lullaby is a propaganda song” WOMAD From The Guardian: a review and some photos (Featuring a couple of my favourites: … Continue reading