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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.

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Lakeview Market

12:00pm –11:00pm

Shopping

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.

Food Vendors

12:00pm –11:00pm

Food

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.

Mandé Foli Kan (Mandingo Music Groove)

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Music

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.

Shekere - African Rhythm Shakers Crafts

1:00pm – 6:00pm

Family

Join in the fun and learn to make your own African rhythm shekere!

African Blues with “The Professor” Adam Solomon

2:00pm – 2:45pm

Music

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.

Moko Jumbie Stilt Dancing Workshop

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Family

Learning

An elementary stilt dance workshop for children of all ages and an introduction to Moko Jumbie.

Sebseb Belu Ethiopian Dance Workshop

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Dance

Learning

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.

Oware Canada Games

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Family

Learning

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.

Lanaya African Cultural Group

3:00pm – 3:45pm

Dance

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.

Sangele Traditional Head-wrap Workshop

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Learning

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.

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