Skip to main content

African Reggae Star Alpha Blondy Headlines Afrofest - July 6 & 7 2013 in Toronto

Update July 6:
Here's a post with bit of the shows that I caught - including Alpha Blondy

From a release:

Music Africa Presents
Afrofest Toronto 2013
July 6 & 7 2013
Woodbine Park - 1pm to 10pm daily
Free - rain or shine

See map

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 Asamoah (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 Hussein, VITAL, Spoken, Star 5 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

• Image of Alpha Blondy at Solidays Festival, 2008 (Hippodrome de Longchamp, France) - 4 July 2008; Source - Author KellyChlew

Main Stage – Broadcast live on CIUT 89.5FM
• Saturday 6th July

DJ Apollo
Akwaba Cultural Exchange (Ivory Coast) 1:15pm
Mohamed Diaby and Manding Foli Kan Don (Guinea) 2:15pm
Kae Sun (Ghana) 3:15pm
Waleed Abdulhamid (Sudan) 4:30pm
Donne Roberts (Madagascar) 5:40pm
Blaise LaBamba (Congo) 6:50
Alpha Blondy (Ivory Coast) 8:45pm

• Sunday 7th July
Maracatu Mar Alberto (Brazil) 1:15pm
Amadou Keinou (Burkina Faso) 2:15pm
Ijo Vudu (Nigeria) 3:15pm
Okavango African Orchestra (Africa) 4:15pm
Culture Force (Nigeria) 5:45pm
Njacko Backo & Kalimba Kalimba (Cameroon)  7:15pm
Jewel Ackah (Ghana) 9:00pm

Baobab Stage - Presented by G98.7FM
• Saturday 6th July

DJ Magicflow   1:00pm
Sani Abu    1:45pm
Amadou Keinou 2:30pm
DJ Magicflow    3:00pm
Spoken    3:55pm
Fashion Show  4:15pm
Jemini  4:45pm
DJ Flowmaster  5:05pm
Yusra Khogali  5:35pm
Dance Competition   5:55pm
Yusra Khogali   6:35pm
Ozee Bee 6:50pm
Quabena Maphia  7:15pm
Blandine 7:45pm
Destiny  8:30pm

• Sunday 7th July
DJ Vanestin  1:15pm
Bokwa Demos   1:45pm
Evelyn Mukwedeya  2:20pm
Multinational Fashion Show   2:55pm
Hodan Hussein  3:25pm
Team GLR   3:55pm
Koncept Dance Group   4:30pm
TK Smoothe   4:55pm
Maria Da Silva   5:15pm
Runs Tee   5:40pm
Dance Competition Finals  6:00pm
Concept Books 6:45pm
Trinity    7:30pm
Neza      8:15pm
Star 5        8:30pm

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.


Popular posts from this blog

Film News - imagineNATIVE Embargo Collective at the Berlin Film Fest

Hot Off the Presses:
(and gosh, doesn't that expression sound quaint these days?)

to have its European Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival 2010
(Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin 11.-21.02.10)

(Toronto, February 3rd, 2010) The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is pleased to announce the official selection of the festival’s Embargo Collective programme for the Forum Expanded section of this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. This programme of works was commissioned by the imagineNATIVE festival for its 10th anniversary and will have its European premiere Monday, February 15th, 8.30pm at Cinema Arsenal 2 and a repeat screening Wednesday, February 17th, 4pm at CinemaxX 6.

Curated by imagineNATIVE’s Artistic Director Danis Goulet, the Embargo Collective is an international group of seven Indigenous artists at the forefront of the changing global landscape of Indigenous cinema. Inspired by Lars von Trier’s The Five Obstructi…

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company Spring 2013 Toronto Performances

From a media release:

The new season brings
Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company
to new heights and new audiences

March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
April 25-28, 2013 - Annual Toronto Season - World Premiere of Portales

TORONTO : Following on the heels of Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company's (EESDC) 30th anniversary year where its production Aguas/Waters was named one of the top five dance shows of 2012 by NOW Magazine, the early months of 2013 are full of excitement and possibility for Esmeralda and the company, which brings the finest flamenco and Spanish Classical Dance to Toronto stages.

March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
Company dancers Esmeralda Enrique and Paloma Cortés perform Spanish Classical dance with the celebrated Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir for A Night in Madrid featuring the Iberian flavoured music of composer Luigi Boccherini who made his home in Spain. His work is infused with the sounds of Spanish and gypsy folk music.

March 20-24 …

Guitar Rock | Happy Freuds - Echo Of Sounds Independent: May 31, 2019

Guitar Rock
Happy Freuds - Echo Of Sounds
Independent: May 31, 2019
Stream/Buy on Bandcamp
Stream it on Spotify

With tight musicians and intriguing lyrics, Happy Freuds delivers high energy guitar rock with stylistic flair on Echo Of Sounds, their debut release. Produced with a minimum of overdubs or fixes, the album consists of a mix of original material, rearrangements of works from others and selected, less known, classic rock.

A kinetic rhythm section is the bones of the music, offering interesting patterns that augment sometimes unexpected harmonic changes. It's brainy rock, in other words, meant for music lovers who can appreciate the quality. Teo's vocals are raspy and expressive, growly when necessary - perfect for the musical mode. Teo also covers lead guitar, adapt at ear worm leads, with a tone that can be clean or dirty as required

Their sound ranges from straight up hard rock in tracks like The Mountain to the pop-flavoured acoustic Background Noise and folky To …