“Scribes from the Tribe”

By Malik Al Nasir – A protégé of Gil Scott-Heron and a student of The Last Poets. One of the biggest influences on my life was Gil Scott-Heron. He was an accomplished author, poet, musician and teacher. He encouraged me to become productive and to explore the possibility of academia through poetry. After a traumatic childhood, I travelled away to …

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Interview with the Quirkalicious Lady Anne-Marie Woods aka Amani

Anne Marie Woods

This year, Kuumba will present its first free comedy show in years, Black Like She – Women in Comedy Showcase. Featuring Anne-Marie Woods, Zabrina Chavannes, Keesha Brownie and Coko & Daphney, these comedians take a tongue-in-cheek approach to being a Black woman in Canada. We had a chance to sit down with the brains behind Black Like She – Women …

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Esie Mensah embraces the past for the future of dance

She’s not a fortune teller but Esie Mensah, does see the future in traditional African dance. The inspirational choreographer and powerful dancer brings her artistry to the 20th anniversary of Kuumba (#Kuumba20), taking place February 6-8, through performance and dance workshops. Kuumba is part of the TD Then & Now Black History Month Series. Esie’s unique gift, connecting an audience’s …

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FILM @ KUUMBA: Four free Canadian premieres

Four films make their Canadian debut this year at Harbourfront Centre’s annual Black History Month festival, Kuumba. The festival’s opening night will be celebrated with the Canadian launch of Curators of Hip-Hop, a tour through the lives of five “dreamers” looking to make their mark on the music industry. This just in: After the screening don’t miss out on an …

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Laugh out loud with Kuumba’s Aisha Alfa

Awarding-winning comedian Alisha Alfa is one of the four side-splitting headliners taking the stage on February 7 for Kenny Robinson’s Nubians on the Waterfront Comedy Show. This event is part of Kuumba, Harbourfront Centre’s annual Black History Month festival, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Aisha took some time to sit down for an interview to talk about the show …

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The Known Unknown: IDENTIFY at Harbourfront Centre

Sharine from The Known Unknown team here, and I am so happy to help curate The Known Unknown showcase for this year’s Kuumba festival. I remember the first show I went to in February of 2012, not knowing that I would help to coordinate the following year’s event.

Fast-forward to today and here I am!

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Dwight Drummond’s top ten soca songs

Harbourfront Centre is gearing up for Kuumba. For three days (Feb. 7-9), we celebrate Black History Month with music, comedy, dance, film, family activities and of course Soca on Ice.

Nobody is more exited for a night of skating to calypso and soca chunes than CBC Toronto anchor, Dwight Drummond. He teams up with Dr. Jay de Soca Prince to get our annual carnival-themed party started.

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Q&A with international comedian Frankie “Trixx” Agyemang

Multi-talented comedian Frankie Agyemang, better known as Trixx, is joining a side splitting all-star comedy line-up during Kuumba Comedy Night: Celebrating our Identity. A regular on Much Music’s Video On Trial, Trixx has built a strong reputation, performing — locally and abroad — alongside acts like Russell Peters and Aries Spears.

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Kuumba: showcasing the vitality of Toronto’s African and Caribbean communities

“Kuumba” – the Swahili word for “creativity” – has become synonymous with showcasing the best local, national and international artists of African and Caribbean heritage at Harbourfront Centre during Black History Month. This February, Kuumba returns with an amazing programme of events that range from musical performances, comedy and dance, to a soca jam on ice. There is literally something for everyone.

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We were there: Kuumba, presented by TD Then & Now 2013

This past weekend, Harbourfront Centre hosted its 17th annual Kuumba Festival, presented by TD Then & Now. Those that attended the festival enjoyed three days of Black History Month events showcasing local and international artists from the African and Caribbean diaspora and celebrated milestones, anniversaries and the outstanding contributions of black Canadians.

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