Namory Keita

Namory Keita was born in Sangbarala, Guinea, and has been the lead djembefola for the village since 2006.

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He is recognized by his peers across Africa as the young genius of the balafon (Xylophone). Seydou is known for his technical prowess, his creativity and musicality! Born in Burkina Faso, in a famous family of griots he began his training with his father from the age of 5 years. Multi-instrumentalist, he plays the balafon […]

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Aline Morales’ days of being Toronto’s best kept secret are over. Since arriving in Toronto in 2003, Brazilian-born Morales has been well known locally as a dynamic singer, percussionist and bandleader. However, it was the release of her debut solo album, the stunning Flores, Tambores e Amores, that brought national attention to this unique artist, […]

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Malian born Mohamed Diaby is the son of the Ivoirian griot Coumba Kouyate. He arrived in Paris in 2008 from Bamako, after winning a TV talent show sponsored by Oumou Sangare. Diaby is a charismatic Griot and lead vocalist of the group, Debademba. He is a phenomenal talent gifted with a voice that is rapidly […]

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Adama Bilorou

Born in Burkina Faso, Adama Bilorou came from a caste of griots. He was initiated at an early age in the technical knowledge of his caste.

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Multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, producer and film-maker, Waleed Abdulhamid, has been an active member of the Toronto music scene, since his arrival in Canada in 1992.

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Ravi began his study of tabla under the guidance of his uncle the late Padmabushan Pandit Nikhil Ghosh in Mumbai, India. In 1990 he had his ‘gandabandhan’ ceremony and officially became an exponent of the Farukkabad style.

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Bruce Skerritt Musician

Bruce Skerritt, born in Basseterre, St.Kitts, has worked with many bands, such as “Phase II” and “Instant Jam”, accompanying such Caribbean icons as the Mighty Sparrow, Shadow, Duke and many others, such as Jamo from Mozambique.

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Odel Johnson shares his cultural home of St. Ann’s parish with the likes of Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley and Burning Spear, all of whom have served as sources of great inspiration for this self taught drummer and songwriter.

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Actor, Director, Master of Ceremonies (MC), TV/Radio Host, Hype-man and Brand Spokesperson are just some of the hats which the versatile Damian Sogren has worn in his career.

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(2014) From left: Musician, Kobena Aquaa-Harrison and sound technician, Robert Ball.

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(2014) From left: Musician, Kobena Aquaa-Harrison and sound technician, Robert Ball.

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(Co-host 2013) Mr. Usheak “Kokofele” Koroma.

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(2013) Djelimori Tounkara.

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Manconde Mory Diabate

Manconde Mory Diabaté is a Balafon player from the Republic of Guinea

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Tuggstar Togobo

Dynamic motivational speaker and poet extraordinaire Tuggstar Togobo will give an original spoken word performance.

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Born in Toronto to Jamaican immigrants, Andrew Stewart is a “first call” in that city’s new school jazz and world music scene. His is a sound that re-imagines the Caribbean Jazz tradition through a North American urban sensibility.

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Djeli Moussa Conde

An urban Griot (African Storyteller) with a rock edge, Djeli Moussa Condé sings about peace and his hope for mankind through revolutionary lyrics.

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Pianist, songwriter, arranger and producer Eddie Bullen is, in every way, a standout amongst the latest generation of multi-talented artists.

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