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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.
12:30pm – 1:15pm
Ubuntu (I Am Because We Are) Drum and Dance Theatre is a grass root children’s group committed to celebrating African culture and history through drumming, dance and theatre.
1:00pm – 4:00pm
An elementary stilt dance workshop for children of all ages and an introduction to Moko Jumbie.
2:00pm – 2:45pm
Abdel Wahab Haiba is an accomplished oud player, singer and composer from El Obeid City in Western Sudan. His ensemble features a line-up of leading Sudanese musicians, with Tarig Shanga on bongos, Hamid Ismail on bass guitar and Omar Fathallah on violin.
2:00pm – 5:00pm
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.
2:30pm – 3:00pm
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.
3:00pm – 4:00pm
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.
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Mali Blues tells the story of four female and male musicians from the West African country, Mali, who espouse with their music a tolerant Islam and a country at peace. Mali Blues is a powerful testament to Mali's music and a tribute to the resilience of its people.
5:00pm – 5:30pm
Neema Children's choir – representing children in Uganda and the rest of Africa who have been orphaned due to the effects of civil war, AIDS and under-developed social systems – raise their voices in songs of love, gratitude and praise, testifying to the hope that brough them through unimaginable challenges.
5:00pm – 5:30pm
Afrofusion is a blend of traditional and contemporary African styles fused with dance styles such as hip hop, dancehall, soca, contemporary, house and more. Esie Mensah’s Afrofusion Dance Workshop is fun for all ages!