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Now in its fourth year, Habari Africa Festival features local and international artists who bring the evolving traditions and vibrant diversity of African culture to Toronto.
Noumoucounda Cissoko explores the explosive possibilities of the kora, as he cleverly moves between genres, from blues and jazz to hip-hop and rock, fused with his griot traditions, Senegalese pop and mbalax.
2:00pm – 2:45pm
Juno award winner "Professor" Adam Solomon is a master guitarist and composer. He sings in English, Swahili, and Mijikenda (the Nine Tribes from Mombasa on the Kenyan coast). The "Professor" creates a unique sound that combines acoustic African blues and jazz, spiced with traditional coastal East African rhythms.
2:00pm – 5:00pm
An elementary stilt dance workshop for children of all ages and an introduction to Moko Jumbie.
2:30pm – 3:00pm
Rebecca Omer and Samuel Bekele take you on a tour of Ethiopia as they teach you the dances of the Tigray, Amhara, Gurage, Oromo and Wolayta.
3:00pm – 6:00pm
Join the excitement as Oware, Africa’s most popular board game played in the many Caribbean Islands and around the world, comes to Habari Africa.
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Nhapitapi – a Shona word meaning sweet sounds – is a dynamic ensemble of Zimbabwe musicians, singers and dancers, who expertly weave ancestral rhythms and melodies with contemporary African flavours, conjuring musical magic in their midst.
4:00pm – 4:30pm
Learn the creative art and cultural traditions of SANGELE, traditional African head-wraps in this workshop led by Sani Abu Mohammed of ijovudu Dance Company. In the African continent head-wraps have many different styles, materials and tying techniques and are a symbol of beautification for any special occasion.
5:00pm – 5:30pm
Designers Diellia Touré and Penda Soumaré from Africanish Style will present the latest trends in African clothing, traditional jewellery, shoes and miscellaneous items created and designed for your style.
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Come discover and learn about Ndombolo, a hip-swinging dance alternating between fast and slow paced movements with dancer/choreorgrapher Greg Samba.
6:00pm – 7:00pm
With simple rhythmic and melodic exercises, Adama Daou will introduce you to the balafon, an African wooden xylophone, that UNESCO has named as a masterpiece of intangible heritage.