June 12 - Queen's Park, Toronto
What with a rain delay in the afternoon and some other things I was attending, (and will report on at a later
Karim Saada is Algerian born, and his music reflects a kind of traditonal, rootsy take on the music. (It garnered him a Juno nomination in 2009.) It was his first Toronto appearance, and likely won't be the last. The crowd loved the infectious rhythms and multi-layered harmonies, and the large band included a fiddler while he himself played banjo, mandolin and acoustic guitar.
The Africa Project, you'll know that their collaborations came about as a result of Bela's search for the origins of his instrument in Africa. Bela began the set on his own, a humble kind of persona with technically brilliant playing.