Batuki Music Society presents an AfriCanada Day Special
featuring the AFRICAN GUITAR SUMMIT on Thursday June 27th at the
Indulge in the sounds of the finest Canadian guitarists of African
origin! This star-studded collective unites the talents of 9 musicians, each an
expert in their individual style and together creating musical magic with
African Guitar Summit. Experience live this superb and unique achievement for
African music; the mix of musicians who are distinct in cultural backgrounds
and languages yet sharing stories and singing each other’s praises, the
inspiration of these skilled hands and voices joined in common to reach the
summit… A truly incredible experience!
Almost ten years ago, when the members of African Guitar
Summit were recruited by CBC Radio for first a concert at Toronto's Glenn Gould
Studio, and subsequently a recording, the idea of musicians from different
backgrounds playing together was less prevalent. Not so today.
Then as now, the ensemble represented a uniquely Canadian
cultural identity: "a diverse group... who have all brought... gifts of
their own to this country." That reflection was substantiated both by the
2005 Juno Award won by that debut album, and by the group's appearance a few
months later at the Live 8 concert in Barrie, which showcased the best of
Canadian talent to an international audience. Since that breakthrough, followed
by a second CD and countless kilometres of touring, African Guitar Summit remains
"a miracle of compromise and teamwork: each guitarist is a lead voice in
their own right, and they work with disparate styles that might otherwise seem
'musical ambassadors' for an early start to Canada Day celebrations.
The 'Toronto-combo' of African Guitar Summit for this 'AfriCanada
Day Special' features: from Ghana, the elder master of the guitar, Pa Joe, with
'golden voice' Theo Boakye, the solid bass lines of Ebenezer Agyekum, and the
heartbeat of drummer Kofi Ackah; from Kenya, the fiesta guitar of Professor
Adam Solomon; and from Madagascar, the quicksilver guitars and harmonies of
Donne Roberts, and multiple Juno Award winner Madagascar Slim.
AFRICAN GUITAR SUMMIT
Date: Thursday, June 27,
Venue: Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W.
Reserve for dinner to guarantee seating – 416 588 0307 www.lula.ca
Time: Entry 8 PM, show 9 PM
$20 advance / $25 door www.batukimusic.com
Batuki Music Society gratefully acknowledges the support of Canadian Heritage and the Ontario Arts Council.
Batuki Music SocietyP.O. Box 68585
360A Bloor St. W.Toronto, ONM5S 1X0
"nurturing and strengthening cultural diversity through music and the arts."
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