AFROFEST Africa

AFROFEST 2021

This year’s event will take place from July 16 – 25, 2021. We are pleased to present 2 versions of the event.

AFROFEST Online 2021: This virtual event will be streamed on our social media platforms and will future performances by one 30 local and international artists. There will be virtual event days – July 16 and 19 – 25, 2021.

The complete schedule will be released on June 30, 2021.

AFROFEST Drive-In. Music Africa has partnered with the Beaches Jazz Festival to present a drive-in version of AFROFEST. Entry costs $25 per car per day and one can have as many people in a car as there are working seat belts.

Join us at the entirely contactless event for a night of incredible LIVE music and great food.

Please visit www.musicafrica.ca to see the artist schedule and purchase your tickets.

AFROFEST 2021 Complete Schedule.

16-Jul-21

  • Pulga (Mozambique)
  • Fus1on (Ghana)
  • Afrogospel Band (DR. Congo)

AFROFEST Drive-In (July 17 & 18, 2021)

17-Jul-21

  • Imah (Senegal)
  • Steele (Jamaica)

18-Jul-21

  • Donne Roberts (Madagascar)
  • Slim Flex (Ghana)

19-Jul-21 (Online)

  • Ngoma Ensemble feat. Fridaee
  • Yinka Farinde feat. Olumix, Tdollar, Stylee Brodas and D’Bright
    (Nigeria)

20-Jul-21 (Online)

  • Kaisha Lee (Jamaica)
  • Sweet Maria (Angola)
  • Idris Lawal (Nigeria)

21-Jul-21 (Online)

  • Solo YT (Nigeria)
  • Salamatu (Nigeria)
  • Zambe (Togo)

22-Jul-21 (Online)

  • D-Flex (Ghana)
  • Hassan El Hadi (Morocco)
  • Kaabi Kouyate (Guinea)

23-Jul-21 (Online)

  • Lauriel Inc. (Jamaica/Trinidad)
  • BePraize Sax (Nigeria)
  • Tich Maredza (Band)

24-Jul-21 (Online)

  • Tracey Kayy (Ghana)
  • Amanie Illfated (Sudan)
  • Beenie Gunter (Uganda)
  • Panel discussion on India and East Africa’s response to COVID-19.

25-Jul-21 (Online)

  • Valerie Ekoume (Cameroon)
  • Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble (Nigeria)

Tickets for AFROFRST 2021 can be purchased online at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/afrofest-tickets-157696615823?discount=AFRO2021

For more information on our events please follow on our various social media platforms.

Instagram: @Afrofest_Toronto, Facebook: @AfrofestToronto, Twitter: @Afrofest


Artist Information:

Imah (Senegal)

Imah is a Senegalese singer and songwriter based in Toronto. Born in Dakar Senegal, she relocated to Toronto, with her family, at a very young age. Her passion for live music performance was sparked in high school when she consistently received positive feedback and encouragement from audiences and judges at talent shows.

After graduating in Graphic Design at Cite Collegial, she began her music career in Toronto by collaborating with local musicians, music producers and event organizers.

In June 2019, Imah released her debut single “Ghosta,” which helped her step foot in the Toronto Afro music scene, performing live at numerous events and festivals: including AFROFEST in summer 2019, Afrohaus in Nov 2019, AFROWAVETO x Manifesto in Aug 2020, Playlist in October 2020 and more.

In February 2021, Imah released her second debut single “Garantie,” accompanied with a music video. Though she has not released an album, she has produced over half a dozen songs which she will perform for audiences after the pandemic. Her music has received a lot of attraction from her hometown Dakar, Senegal and also great reviews online, including a publication in “Music in Africa,” who praised her single.

Imah is a proud African of Senegalese origin. Her culture, lived experiences and being multilingual is something she is very proud of and it shows in her music – she is known for mixing French, English and Wolof.

Steele (Jamaica)

Canadian / Jamaican Reggae crooner.

The three times JUNO nominated and multiple award-winning artist Steele is described as dynamic and sensational, with the versatility and range that defies restriction to any one genre. He is as captivating in his handling of R&B material as he is with soul, reggae, classical, and jazz, but make no mistake, REGGAE is his first love. Born in Lucea Jamaica, Steele’s inspiration comes from his parents who sang on the church choir, his first taste of success came with his recording of Stevie Wonder’s “Ribbon in the Sky”, produced by veteran singer and producer Tristan Palmer. Steele is now regarded as one of the most consistent reggae artists to call Canada home. His music transcends all ages, gender and color. Over the years he has made an indelible imprint on the   reggae music-loving audiences with appearances at various venues in most major cities in the country. It is safe to say Steele is one of the most requested artists for live reggae performances. He has been a repeat performer at most Caribbean festival in the country. Festivals such as Jambana, Eglinton Street Festival, Rasta Fest, and Jamaica Day Celebration held in Toronto. The Winnipeg Caribbean Festival in Manitoba, the Maple Ridge Caribbean festival in British Columbia, and the Calgary Reggae Festival in Alberta have embraced the artist. He has appeared internationally, performing in Africa and America, and in Jamaica on shows such Reggae Sum fest, Kite Festival, and Rebel Salute. It is no mystery that his annual Birthday Gala held in April is always a Sold-out event.

Jah Is My Strength” represents Steele’s break-through song, and he has not slowed down since. Other songs to hit the local charts includes “Another Confrontation”, and “She believes in me”. He has shared the stage with some of reggae’s most respected artists, namely: Freddie McGregor, Rita Marley, Tony Rebel, Sanchez, Luciano, and Queen Ifrica among others.

Although most people recognize him as a singer, Steele is an accomplished musician, songwriter, and producer who have earned a reputation as a perfectionist with his professional approach to his music.  In 2004 Steele released his first full length solo CD/Album “Uncorrupted” and the world stood up to take note of this lyrically conscious brother. Tracks from “Uncorrupted” hit many charts globally and in Canada, the CD was showered with many accolades which included a nomination from Canada’s highest musical awards, the JUNO for Reggae Recording of the Year.  Steele has since then seen his popularity grow significantly, he accredits this to the blessings from the Almighty and the love from his many fans that continue to support his music. He has recorded for producers such as Computer Paul of the Boot Camp label, Lloyd Campbell of the Joe Fraser label, and Mobs Production Label.

In 2007, Steele dropped his sophomore CD “The Love of Jah”, and was blessed once again with the achievement of being named “Best Male Vocalist of the Year”, “Best Songwriter of the Year”, and Top CD/Album of the year, and Artist of the Year by the   Reggae Music Achievement Awards. Hits from that Cd included “What’s Wrong Wid Wi”, a duet with crooner George Nooks, “New World” with Queen Ifrica, and his heart felt rendition of “Slave Driver”, the Bob Marley original. In 2009, Steele released “The Man The Music” and again the musical compilation captured more hearts with its release. With no letting up, the CD received another two awards from the RMAA. In 2011 Steele went on to receive the first Irie Music Award for “Male Artist of the Year”.

In 2012 he released his fourth studio Cd Reality and saw “Woman” his single from the album once again nominated for a JUNO Award.

In 2013 and 2014 Steele was recognized by the Caribbean Music and Entertainment Award, and the Uprising Youth in Progress Award as “Male Artist of the Year” and “International Artist of the Year”. In 2015, Steele was blessed once again with another JUNO Nomination for his single Hold On till I die. In 2017 Steele released yet another Cd “Your Attention Please”, this once again a true testament to the substance he continues to deliver. Move forward to 2021 and the artist has no reason to stop. His latest CD release “Just Breathe” is creating a stir. Even in the midst of a global Pandemic, tracks such as “Sweet Reggae Music”, “A Feel Like” “Push It” and “Hold me Tight” gives joy and hope.  Steele is considered by many to be the People’s Artist, and his continued involvement in many community projects shows why.

Stay connected with the artist@ https://linktr.ee/Steelemobs

Instagram: @steele_mobs
Facebook: @Steelemobs
YouTube: @Steelemobs

Donné Roberts

2 times JUNO Award winner & 3 times JUNO Award nominée

Guitarist and singer-songwriter Donné Roberts was born in Madagascar, is one of the hottest acts on the current world music scene in Canada. Now based in Toronto, Canada, he’s earned a matchless reputation for the excellence of his musicianship, catchy melodic compositions, the excitement and high energy of his live shows.

Donné Roberts was raised and educated in the USSR (Russia), speaks and sings in Malagasy, Russian, French and English.

From touring as a backup singer for Ace of Base (Swedish pop group) to a stint as the first black VJ on MTV Russia, Donné has led a prolific and varied artistic life since he left his home country of Madagascar as a boy.

He first came to wider recognition in his adopted home of Canada with the release of two albums: Rhythm Was Born, Internation and for his contribution to Juno Award winning projects African Guitar Summit and Okavango African Orchestra.  His success led to CBC Radio asking him to compose the theme song for their popular morning show Fresh Air, which still runs today.

In January 2021 has released a new single Seheno, is now available on iTunes:

https://music.apple.com/ca/album/seheno/1549565173?i=1549565174https://music.apple.com/ca/album/seheno/1549565173?i=1549565174

Social Media:

www.donneroberts.ca

Facebook: @donnerobertsmusic
instagram: @donne_roberts
Soundcloud.com: @donneroberts
itunes.apple.com: @donné-roberts/179161004
Youtube.com: Donné Roberts

Slim Flex (Ghana)

Toronto’s leading Afro-urban artist, Slim Flex (Felix Appiah Korang) has been gifting audiences with an unmatched blend of African, Pop, Hip Hop, Dancehall and R&B music for nearly a decade and he is nowhere near stopping. Slim has garnered a solid reputation as one of the most popular live African-Canadian Afrobeat performers in North America, playing sold out venues and highly attended shows across Canada, U.S.A, Caribbean and Africa. This hardworking and dedicated singer-songwriter has earned a high level of respect in the international music community which is a true testament that beyond the trend, the Afrobeat music genre is growing in popularity.

Slim Flex’s love for performing originates from his church roots in Ghana, where he discovered his life-long love for music. As a youth artist in the congregation where his career began, he was known for creating feel good musical memories on stage for all to enjoy. It became his true spiritual calling. Fast forward to the early 2000s when Slim Flex moved to Toronto, Canada where he immediately built a career foundation by adopting a style that very few had seen in Canada at that point.

Slim is truly an Afrobeat-meets-western-music pioneer in Canada. His first mainstream breakthrough came with debut album ‘Odehyea (Royalty)’ in 2007, which met welcomed acclaim in the Africa-Canadian and international audiences. His sophomore album ‘Confessions of a Boss’ followed in 2013. For the first time with both works, audiences were introduced to his powerful vocals, charismatic stage presence and his unique blend of timeless African highlife, Jamaican dancehall and reggae, and urban hip-hop and RnB, in a style of Afrobeat music that was entirely unique and ahead of its time.

It wasn’t until 2018 after partnering with record label, Diet Monkey Entertainment Inc. that Slim Flex’s truest vision for his career soared. Especially with the recent commercial popularity and media attention on the Afrobeat genre – Slim’s platform has been fueled even more, reaching audiences from all backgrounds. In 2019, he released his third studio album ‘Gifted’. Executive produced by DME, the album celebrates the ever evolving, collaborative energy that Slim Flex has with all genres of music, including Caribbean and Pop music and that he is passionate about blending his gift African composition. Slim also makes his producing debut on the album (on track I’m A Boss), along with additional production and special guest appearances from the latest and greatest powerhouses in African and Caribbean independent music today which include Ghanaian super producer Apya, Afrobeat sensation EL (on track Rider), hit maker Patapaa (on track Kuzo) and Juno Award winning reggae artist Kirk Diamond (on track Hold Me Down). The track ‘Higher’ on the album is currently seeing huge successful climb on Canadian Reggae charts.

Since Gifted’s release, Slim Flex has been busy shooting visuals in support of the albums’ singles (Supernatural God, I Love You), garnering thousands of views so far on YouTube. He’s also been on the road on a massive touring schedule, hitting the stage with some of Canada’s top independent urban artists as well as global heavy hitters. Slim’s headlining appearances have included sets at the AFROFEST Main Stage, the TD Irie Music Festival, TDOT Fest, Royal Ontario Museum’s Friday Night Live, African All Star Musical Festival in Toronto and the Stages Canada #TomTour in Ottawa and Montreal. His latest tour invite on the IrieMon Tour, took the star to Jamaica over the summer months. His talents are currently causing a lot of buzz on the island, including widespread press coverage and his first live television appearance on Jamaica’s #1 morning program DayTime Live Talk.

It’s an exciting time for Slim Flex as he continues to show that there is no limit to the universal reach of African music and no end to his artistry as a true Afrobeat ambassador capturing fans everywhere.

Career Highlights

Awards:

  • Artist of the Year: African Entertainments Awards, Canada – 2013
  • Afro Carib GTA Achievement Award, Canada – 2017
  • Certificate of Recognition from the Government of Ontario, Canada – 2019

Nominations

  • Best Single of the Year: African Entertainment Awards, Canada – 2017
  • Best Ghana/Canada Act – Ghana Entertainment Awards, USA – 2018/2019