Afrofest 2013




JULY 6 & 7, 2013    1 P.M. – 10 P.M. DAILY


Toronto’s largest celebration of African music, heritage and culture is back for its 25th year! Afrofest 2013 will take place Saturday July 6 and Sunday July 7, at Woodbine Park, Lakeshore Boulevard East and Coxwell Avenue. Presented by Music Africa, the vibrant two-day festival is a chance to immerse yourself in the beauty and diversity of the African continent.

Michael Stohr, President of Music Africa, says Afrofest was formed from a vision to broaden and challenge the stereotypes of Africa. "Afrofest brings Africans together in celebration while educating all visitors about the vast diversity of the continent,” says Stohr. The colourful festival will feature performances by top international groups and local stars of African music, along with dancing, drumming and theatre.

This year’s stellar Main Stage line up will feature Alpha Blondy (Ivory Coast), one of the world’s most popular reggae artists and classic highlife  singer Jewel Ackah (Ghana).  Also performing are Culture Force (Nigeria), Njacko Backo and Kalimba Kalimba (Cameroon), Okavango African Orchestra (Trans Africa) Waleed Kush (Sudan), Donne Roberts (Madagascar), Kae Sun (Ghana), Ijo Vudu (Nigeria), Jean Assamoah (Ivory Coast) and more.  We will keep you posted with additional updates!

In addition to the performances on the Main Stage, the popular Baobab Stage will have non-stop activity with music and dance workshops and performances by the rising stars of African music.  This year’s line up includes workshops by Sani Abu (Dance), Amadou Kienou (Drum), Evelyn Mukwedeya (Mbira), Bokwa Demos (Dance), performances by Runs Tee, Concept Books, Jemini, Destiny, Hodan, VITAL, Spoken, Star 5, Blandine, Neza and more.

The Children's Village provides organized fun and educational activities for youth including: face painting, working with clay, storytelling, beading, a drum area, easels for painting and more.  Belinda Ageda will again coordinate activities with additional story telling by Ruth Danziger.

In the bustling African marketplace there will be an impressive display of authentic African arts, crafts and traditional dishes representing the culinary scene of Africa and the Diaspora.

Afrofest has truly become a summer tradition in Toronto!

This year, 89.5 FM CIUT will be returning to broadcast the event LIVE in Southern Ontario and worldwide at



MAIN STAGE – Broadcast live on CIUT 89.5FM (3-11pm):

12:30 p.m. – DJ Flowmaster (Kenya)

1:15 p.m. – Akwaba Cultural Exchange (Ivory Coast)

2:15 p.m. – Mohamed Diaby and Manding Foli Kan Don (Guinea)

3:15 p.m. – Kae Sun (Ghana)

4:30 p.m. – Waleed Abdulhamid (Sudan)

5:40 p.m. – Donne Roberts (Madagascar)

6:50 p.m. – Blaise LaBamba (Congo)

8:45 p.m. – Alpha Blondy (Ivory Coast)

BAOBAB STAGE – Presented by G98.7FM:

1 p.m. – DJ T Ace (Martinque)     

1:45 p.m. – Sani Abu (Ijo Vudu) (Nigeria) Workshop/Music

2:30 p.m. – Amadou Kienou (Burkina Faso) Workshop/Music

3:00 p.m. – DJ T Ace (Martinque)     

3:30 p.m. – VITAL         (Ethiopia)         Music / Rap

3:55 p.m. – Spoken (Nigeria)         Music / Rap

4:15 p.m. – Fashion Show (MultiNational) Fashion

4:45 p.m. – Jemini (Jamaica)         Music / Reggae

5:05 p.m. – DJ MagicFlow (Nigeria)    

5:35 p.m. – Yusra Khogali (Sudan) Spken Word

5:55 p.m. – Dance Competition (MultiNational) Dance

6:35 p.m. – Yusra Khogali (Sudan)         Spoken Word

6:50 p.m. – Ozee B (Nigeria)         Music/Afrobeat

7:15 p.m. – Quabena Maphia (Ghana)

7:45 p.m. – Blandine (Congo)         Music/Soukouss

8:30 p.m. –  Destiny (Trinidad) Music/Soca




12:30 p.m.- DJ Biggy (Ethiopia)

1 p.m. – Maracatu Mar Aberto (Brazil)

1:45 p.m. – Amadou Kienou (Burkina Faso)

2:35 p.m. – Ijo Vudu (Nigeria)

3:30 p.m. – Okavango African Orchestra (Eritrea, Senegal, Madagascar,Somalia, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Burundi)

4:45 p.m. – Femi Abosede and Culture Force (Nigeria)

6 p.m. – Njacko Backo (Cameroon)

7:20 p.m. – Jewel Ackah (Ghana)

8:20 p.m. – Prayers for Nelson Mandela



12:45 p.m. – DJ Vanestin (Angola)    

1:15 p.m. – Ghanian Cultural Group (Ghana) Drumming Group

1:50 p.m. – Bokwa Demos: Multinational Fitness Workshop

2:25 p.m. – Evelyn Mukwedeya (Zimbabwe) Workshop/Music

3:05 p.m. – Hodan (Somaliland/Somalia) Music/Hip Hop

3:30 p.m. – Team GLR (Ghana) Music/Rap

4 p.m. –   Koncept Dance Group: Multinational Dance

4:20 p.m. – TK Smoothe    

4:40 p.m. – Maria Da Silva (Angola) Zouk/Semba

5:05 p.m. – Runs Tee (Nigeria) Music /Afrobeat

5:30 p.m. – Dance Competition Finals and Winner: MultiNational Dance

6:10 p.m. – Concept Books (Jamaica) Music/Rap

6:45 p.m. – Trinity (Botswana) Music/Kwaito

7:30 p.m. – Neza (Rwanda) Music / R&B

7:45 p.m. – Star 5 (Congo) Music / Soukouss

About Afrofest

Afrofest is an annual musical festival that celebrates African culture and brings together many African communities. Many of the greatest stars of African music have performed at the event including Hugh Masekela, Papa Wemba, Amampondo, Oumou Sangare, African Guitar Summit, Mzwakhe Mbuli, Thomas Mapfumo, Oliver Mtukudzi and other ambassadors of African culture. With over 100,000 people attending over the weekend the festival is the largest annual gathering of African communities in Canada.

Held annually since 1989, Afrofest is a showcase of a rich and diverse African culture.  With a bustling marketplace, food and craft vendors, artistic displays, a Children’s Village, a drum stage, music workshops, and organized fun and educational activities for youth and children, the festival provides guaranteed fun for the whole family.  Afrofest is the biggest African music event of the summer.  The free festival welcomes people of all ethnicities and communities and is a chance to discover Africa in the heart of Toronto.

About Music Africa:

Music Africa is a non-profit community-based organization whose main objective is to promote African music in Toronto through the Afrofest music festival and other occasional events. Established in 1990, Music Africa is among the oldest and most respected organizations promoting African music in Canada.

Music Africa also supports the activities of other non-profit cultural organizations through partnerships for various events. Through its activities, Music Africa is committed to enhancing appreciation and awareness of African music among Canadians while also striving to establish Toronto as a thriving global centre for African music.

Music Africa gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.