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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Afrofest Celebrates Black History Month!

One of the most prestigious festivals in Canada is Afrofest!  Celebrating 25 years of showcasing the best and brightest talents from the diaspora, Afrofest programming always receives priority attendance by music lovers in Toronto and Canada, not to mention visitors from abroad. 

In honor of Black History Month, Afrofest has special performances that you will want to attend!  As a part of the celebrations, Afrofest will be saluting Black History Month this February for its 6th annual series of Friday night concerts. The weekly events will take place at the Gladstone Hotel on February 1, 8, 15 and 22, beginning at 8 p.m. The series features a diverse selection of top African artists living and working in the city - Discover Africa in Toronto! Each week there will a different line-up of African talent performing live, so get ready for a night of dancing!

Friday Concerts line-up:
February 1 – DonnĂ© Roberts *
February 8 – Waleed Abdulhamid and Ruth Mathiang*
February 15 – Jabulani*
February 22 – Njacko Backo*
CD release party: Njacko's 10th album, which includes tenor banjo and cello banjo tracks by Ken Whiteley, soprano sax by Jane Bunnett, trumpet by Larry Cramer, djembe by Mohamad Diaby, in addition to tracks from Kalimba Kalimba.

Afrofest 2013 is a chance to discover Africa in the heart of Toronto, presented by Music Africa. Held annually since 1989, it is a free showcase of the rich and diverse African culture. Michael Stohr, President of Music Africa says, "Afrofest is proud to celebrate its 25th year in 2013. We hope that the concerts during Black History Month bring together the community to not only enjoy the local stars of African music, but to also highlight the importance of history and culture of Africa in Canada.”

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