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Alliance Française de Toronto - Centre culturel
24 Spadina Road, Toronto, Ontario M5R2S7
Batuki Music Society and Alliance Francaise Toronto celebrate Black History Month with a special concert featuring Okavango African Orchestra, winner of the 2017 JUNO Award for “Best World Music Album of the Year”, on Saturday February 3rd at 9 PM.
Okavango African Orchestra — 12 instruments, 10 languages, 7 countries…one special concert.
Okavango African Orchestra features a line-up of eight accomplished African-born musicians who now live in Toronto and Montreal: Daniel Nebiat (krar, vocals-Eritrea), Kofi Ackah (percussion, vocals-Ghana), Tichaona Maredza (marimba, nyunga-nyunga, hosho, vocals-Zimbabwe), Donne Roberts (guitar, vocals-Madagascar), Kooshin (kaban, vocals-Somalia), Ebenezer Agyekum (bass-Ghana), Sadio Sissokho (kora, tama, djembe, vocals-Senegal) and Nicolas Simbananiye (vocals-Burundi).
Okavango African Orchestra, c’est 12 instruments, 10 langues, 7 pays en un seul concert! Proposant un savant mélange de musiques traditionnelles issues des grandes cultures africaines, Okavango crée une musique nouvelle composée de sonorités, d’accords, de timbres et de rythmes variés. Okavango African Orchestra vous emmènera dans un voyage vers l’Afrique sans frontières, avant que celles-ci ne soient établies.
The orchestra takes its name from the Okavango Delta, a basin in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, where many different animal species come together to feed and find water. Predators and prey are forced to coexist and share the meager resources because of the harsh environment around them. Similarly, Okavango: An African Orchestra brings together the traditional music and instruments of several major African cultures that historically have had little or no interaction. The musicians of Okavango have created a common meeting place for these disparate cultures, and a new musical language that harmonizes their different tuning systems, rhythms, and timbres. The musicians and instruments of Okavango represent a continuum of traditions and cultures from time immemorial to the present day. The multicultural spirit of modern-day Canada bridges ancient African solitudes.
Okavango African Orchestra is a reflection of the varied music that originates from the African continent, specifically the local traditional instruments that are actually the catalyst for forming the orchestra. The music is a derivative of the instruments themselves and players in the orchestra. Sounds like Somali jazz, Tigrinya folk music, Malagasy ballads and salegy, hybrid sounds of Shona folk and popular music of Zimbabwe, West Africa griot music, Ghanaian highlife…
Okavango African Orchestra revisited the site of its triumphant debut, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation where it conquered a full house at Glenn Gould Studio the previous year during Black History month. Its members, returning and new, hunkered down at CBC’s ‘Studio 211’ for the recording of the group’s self-titled album of ten songs, released on February 27th, 2016 in Toronto. Okavango African Orchestra was awarded the 2017 JUNO for World Music Album of the Year for their debut album.
Okavango African Orchestra looks ahead on its continuing journey to an “Africa without borders… before the borders were created”.
Okavango African Orchestra
Saturday February 3, 2018
Alliance Francaise Theatre
24 Spadina Road, Toronto
Doors 8:00 PM / Concert 9:00 PM
Tickets: $15 / $10 members, students, seniors / under 18 Free
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Batuki Music Society gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council, Canadian Heritage and Alliance Francaise Toronto.