Kouraba 2015 Yelema dona ko la: A Musical Evolution

The 3rd Annual KOURABA Festival is, Yelema dona ko la: A Musical Evolution. In the Malinké language of West Africa the phrase “Yelema dona ko la” means, “Things have changed”. And indeed, they have!

This year’s much anticipated concert presentation represents a musical evolution featuring an impressive line-up of muli-talented artists of World Music: Amara Kanté (Ivory Coast & Republic of Guinea), Kassé Mady Diabaté (Mali), Youssouf Diabaté (Mali), Sekouba Bambino (Republic of Guinea), Eddie Bullen (Grenada), Safi Diabaté (Mali), Djeli Moussa Condé (Republic of Guinea) and many more.

NO ENTOURAGES. NO BANDS. ONLY HEADLINERS!

All Master musicians in their own right, playing together LIVE for the very first time anywhere. Exclusively for you!

Key musical instruments in the Mandé spiritual pantheon such as: Ngoni (lute), Cora (harp), Fle (flute) and various percussion including the Balafon (xylophone), Djembe & Dundunba (drums) will be juxtaposed with some of their contemporary counterparts, the bass guitar, keyboard and drum-kit among others. The musical arrangements accompanied by powerful singers of the Griot tradition, will draw their inspiration from the rich cultural and musical legacy of the Malinké people.

The Concert – Saturday October 24 at Daniels Spectrum

Yelema dona ko la, is undoubtedly an ambitious project. And in order for the KOURABA festival to remain successful for the third year in a row, we will be counting on the participation and cooperation of a carefully curated group of multi-talented artists, world renowned Master musicians and African historians joining us from across North America, Africa and Europe. The festival will be presented in three distinct parts:

Day 1

Friday Oct. 23rd: KOURABA Pre-Launch Media event

In addition to a mediator, a professional French language interpreter will be present to facilitate discussions around the festival’s central theme of musical evolution. Audience members can engage members of the panel in a Question & Answer segment as well as an open forum to meet & greet and share ideas.

Day 2

Saturday Oct. 24th: Kara mo tolon/Concert of the Masters

A live African musical spectacle featuring premier, international artists performing together for the first time an original presentation. This concept is bold and unique in that both the lead and accompanying components of the show will be played predominantly by headlining artists!

Location
Daniels Spectrum in the Ada Slaight Hall

Daniels Spectrum is home to many outstanding arts-based and community-focused organizations. Its event, performance and exhibition spaces include Ada Slaight Hall, the Artscape Lounge on the main floor, a network of hallway galleries and the MDC Partners Courtyard. Each year, Daniels Spectrum hosts tens of thousands of visitors and hundreds of arts and cultural events.

585 Dundas Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 2BJ
Daniels Spectrum website

Overview

Daniels Spectrum is a community cultural hub in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood. It opened to the public in September 2012.

“Rooted in Regent Park, Open to the World,” Daniels Spectrum is home to many outstanding arts-based and community-focused organizations. Its event, performance and exhibition spaces include Ada Slaight Hall, the Artscape Lounge on the main floor, a network of hallway galleries and the MDC Partners Courtyard. Each year, Daniels Spectrum hosts tens of thousands of visitors and hundreds of arts and cultural events.

Daniels Spectrum is named in recognition of a generous lead gift from The Daniels Corporation and The John and Myrna Daniels Charitable Foundation.

Accessibility

  • All washrooms and drinking fountains are accessible
  • Barrier-free access to the building via the Dundas Street entrance
  • Elevators (to all floors) located in the South Lobby
  • Signage throughout the building in braille
  • Hearing assist devices are available upon request

Kouraba Workshops

Kouraba WorkshopsSome of the Master artists will be invited to give specialty classes during their stay. The format of these classes is unique in that the students will be given access to several teachers per session designed around a single unifying theme or rhythm.