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Habari Africa Festival August 10 to 12 2018 at Harbourfront Toronto

From a media release:

Habari Africa Festival
August 10 to 12, 2018
at Harbourfront Toronto
Co-produced with Batuki Music Society


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TORONTO - Batuki Music Society is proud to present the fifth annual Habari Africa Festival from Friday August 10 – 12, 2018. Join us for a weekend of exploration and engagement with the art, sounds and tastes of the continent.
Sona Jobarteh
Habari Africa is a multi-disciplinary arts festival that displays the rich and diverse cultures of Africa. The festival will display an authentic African experience through presentations and workshops that celebrate the uniqueness, wealth and diversity of African music, dance, film, fashion, workshops, arts and culture.

The artists featured will represent an array of African music genres and dance styles. The festival will also have activities for children of all ages, workshops, drumming, films, vendors with crafts, as well as delicious cuisine from the World Café. This multi-disciplinary African arts festival is co-produced with Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.

Habari Africa Festival 2018
Venue: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, M5J 2G8
Dates/Times:
Friday August 10: 7:00pm – 11:00pm - FREE
Saturday, August 11: 12:00pm – 11:00pm – FREE
Sunday, August 12: 12:00pm – 7:00pm – FREE

Batuki Music Society gratefully acknowledges support from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, and media sponsors CIUT 89.5 FM and CHOQ FM.

Some of the Highlights:

Friday
Fatoumata Kouyate & Mabinty Sylla – Guinè
9:00pm
This talented balafonist, singer, percussionist, and founder of Groupe Djéliguinet et ses Enfants is descended from a live of griots, and member of the National Theatre Troupe of Guinea and Amazones Women Drummers.
Fatoumata Kouyate & Mabinty Sylla
Sona Jobarteh
9:30pm
The first female Kora virtuoso to come from a prestigious West African Griot family breaks away from tradition as a modern-day pioneer in an ancient, male-dominated hereditary tradition.

Saturday, August 11, 2018
Balafon Village with Adama Daou
4:30pm
With simple rhythmic and melodic exercises, Adama Daou will introduce you to the balafon, an African wooden xylophone.

Africa All-Stars
8:00pm
This star-studded collective unites the talents of JUNO award-winning musicians, each an expert in their individual style and together promising to keep attendees dancing non-stop. Features guitarists Alpha Yaya Diallo, Madagascar Slim and Donne Roberts with percussionist Kofi Ackah, bassist Ebenezer Agyekum and dancer Mabinty Sylla.
Africa All Stars
The Black Stars
9:00pm
The Black Stars is a coalition of afro-influenced dancers, combing styles such as Azonto, Kuduro and Ndom, under the visionary direction of Esie Mensah, one of the top dancers and choreographers in Canada.

Sunday, August 12, 2018
Neema Children's Choir
2:30pm
This choir of children from across Africa, who have been orphaned due to civil war, AIDS and under-developed social systems, raises their voices in songs of love, gratitude and praise.

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