About the Festival

The idea for the “Kouraba World Music Festival” was first conceived in 2011 by world renowned Malinké, Master Percussionist/Artistic Director, Mr. Amara Kante and the multi-talented, Nigerian born Canadian Artist/Producer, Ms. Rachael Eluan Abah. This musical spectacle is a showcase of world music & dance innovation, homage to Master artists, a celebration of traditional art forms and an incubator for cross-cultural dialogue. The “Kouraba World Music Festival” brings together and promotes music from across cultures to present a unified voice to an often divided audience.

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Kouraba 2017 Ké Dunia

Kouraba Ké Dunia marks the 5th edition of the annual Kouraba World Music Festival. It will follow the successful Kouraba performance model of artistic collaborations, mixed-media and ancient wisdom practices that reflect the cultural diversity and artistic excellence of both Canadian and International artists.

Kouraba Ké Dunia is a milestone on our journey towards cross-cultural awareness, blending the traditional Master practices with contemporary interpretations and creating accessible events of visual artistry and sound. New to Kouraba this year will be a special presentation by multi-talented Toronto artist, Safiya (Safiya’s House of Creation). She will be launching a Global Fashion & Hair theatrical presentation that is grounded in an African aesthetic with a global world view.


  • ​Day 1: Thursday November 2nd, 2017. KOURABA pre-launch presentation, York University @ 12:30pm-1:30pm.
  • Day 2: November 3rd, 2017. Karamo tolon/Concert of the Masters, The Randolph Theatre @ 7pm-11:00pm.
  • Day 3: November 4th, 2017. Bantaba Community Circle & Ancestral Drumming. A different Booklist and Cultural Centre @ 1pm-5pm.
  • Day 4: November 5th, 2017. Matinée family show at Alliance Française Toronto (Spadina & Bloor)@ 2pm-3pm.

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Past Festivals

Kouraba 2015

Kouraba 2014

Kouraba 2013