Music Africa, the presenters of Afrofest, have a tradition of celebrating Black History Month annually in February.
On February 7, 2015, Music Africa and our co-sponsors the Gladstone Hotel and Africa New Music will bring you free live concert series which will end on the last Saturday of February 2015. We have carefully selected artists to capture the essence and diversity of African culture through music. It will be 4 weeks of heavy rhythmic music in a cosy setting inside the Gladstone Hotel. You will also have an opportunity to dance, interact with artists and create new friendships while enjoying some snacks (courtesy of Music Africa).throughout the night.
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Everywhere else in North America there are countless commemorations of Black History Month celebrations taking place in February. Such celebrations gives us the chance to honour the great men and women of color who contributed immensely to every aspect of our lives. Our children will also be inspired to achieve greater things in life. Other cultures will also appreciate the value of such contributions to our society. Music Africa takes pride in honoring these contributions by bringing diverse people together to enjoy free live African music. Over the years and throughout the history of music, African music has provided (and continues to do so) significant influence to most genres of music. including western music such as jazz, blues and soul. During the slave era African descendants would find music to be very carthatic in dealing with the pain they endured daily.
These free concert series are scheduled to start at 9:00pm each Saturday. As has been our tradition over the years, Music Africa will make announcements pertaining to Afrofest 2015 which will be held during the first weekend of July this year. We will also have a membership drive to have as many people as we can garner, to join as members. Members and patrons are the very bedrock of the community that the Afrofest has become. It is through our presentation of Black History Month free concert series, that we gauge your mood and expectations which provide us with the starting point in planning Afrofest festivals.
As you come to all or some of these concerts you should also expect to see our volunteers approach you to register as members and to join our mailing list. You can also join the Music Africa mailing list online by clicking any one of the images below. You will be presented with 3 choices and you can choose which capacity you want to participate in Music Africa as.
And now back to the important stuff!
We have put together a great list of our African music stars who will be performing during these concert series. You may know some or all of these artists who continue to shape the Toronto music scene by participating in various festivals, shows and gigs.
We have provided links for those of you who want to know more about these artists and their biographical information. Just hover your mouse on the biographical information and click.
So here is what you can expect during the Black history Month. You will be notified should there be any changes to the lineup posted below.
Feb 07, 2015 @ 9:00 pm – Young Stars de Montreal (Congo)
February 14, 2015 @ 9:00 pm – Yinka Farinde (Nigeria)
Feb 21, 2015 @ 9:00 pm – Amadou Kienou (Burkina Faso)
Feb 21, 2015 @ 9:00 pm – Katenen Cheka (Mali)
Feb 28, 2015 @ 9:00 pm – Afrafranto (Ghana)