Sunday, April 10, 2011

Okavango: An African Orchestra at the Gladstone Toronto April 15

From a media release:

Batuki Music Society presents
Okavango: An African Orchestra
on Friday April 15, 2011
at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, Toronto.

Fresh off their triumphant debut, Okavango: An African Orchestra returns for an encore performance!

Okavango: An African Orchestra is an ambitious new musical project that could happen only in a great multicultural city like Toronto. Batuki Music Society Artistic Director Nadine McNulty has assembled a cast of seven accomplished African-born musicians who now live in Toronto and Montreal; Daniel Nebiat (Eritrea-krar), Donné Roberts (Madagascar-guitar), Kooshin (Somalia-kaban), Pasipamire Gunguwo (Zimbabwe-marimba/mbira), Sadio Sissokho (Senegal-kora/tama), Waleed Abdulhamid and Walter Maclean (Ghana-percussion).

The orchestra takes its name from the Okavango Delta, a basin in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, where many different species come together to feed and find water. Predators and prey are forced to coexist and share the meager resources because of the harsh environment around them. Similarly, Okavango: An African Orchestra brings together the traditional music and instruments of several major African cultures that have historically have had little or no interaction. The musicians of Okavango have created a common meeting place for these disparate cultures, and a new musical language that harmonizes their different tuning systems, rhythms, and timbres. The multicultural spirit of modern-day Canada bridges ancient African solitudes.

Okavango: An African Orchestra - 13 instruments, 10 languages, 7 countries…one special concert.

Okavango: An African Orchestra
• April 15, 2011
• Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto
Doors at 8 pm. Show at 9 pm.
• Tickets $20 at the door / $15 in advance on sale at these
• Locations: Soundscapes at 572 College St. W., African Art & Drum Crafts at 618 Dundas St W., Rotate This at 801 Queen St. W.New Bilan Restaurant at 183 Dundas St. E., Play de Record at 357 Yonge St.
• Information:

Batuki Music Society gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council and CIUT 89.5 FM


  1. Nice Blog and Theaters Too that you performed i loved watching them seriously =)