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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.
The Lakeview Market features fab finds from all corners of the globe including old world crafts and new, unique designs. Choose from traditional artifacts, local, artisanal, eco-friendly, fair trade products and more.
Grab some food and take in the view. Our food vendors are an extension of some of the busiest kitchens in the GTA, and an important complement to the summer festival season at Harbourfront Centre.
1:00pm – 1:45pm
Mandé Foli Kan brings to life the musical traditions of the ancient Mandingo Empire of West Africa in a rich polyrhythmic conversation between the djembe and balafon in the hands of master drummer and griot Amadou Kienou of Burkina Faso and master balafon player Adama Daou of Mali.
1:00pm – 6:00pm
Join in the fun and learn to make your own African rhythm shekere!
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.
3:00pm – 3:45pm
Lanaya African Cultural Group presents traditional dances and drumming rhythms from Guinea, West Africa including Doundounba, a traditional “dance of strong men” performed to settle disputes; Macru, a celebratory dance done after the harvest by young men and women; and Djankadi, a popular ceremonial dance from lower Guinea.
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.