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Toronto, Canada: Afrafranto, the masters of palm wine and highlife music of Ghana perform at the Lula on April 25, 2013

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  • Nadine McNulty
    For Immediate Release Toronto, April 14th, 2013 Batuki Music Society presents Afrafranto, masters of palm wine and highlife music of Ghana at the Lula Lounge
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 15, 2013
      For Immediate Release

      Toronto, April 14th, 2013


      Batuki Music Society presents Afrafranto, masters of palm
      wine and highlife music of Ghana at the Lula Lounge on April 25th,
      2013. 

       

      Afrafranto which means Butterfly in the Akan language of Ghana
      perform authentic acoustic palm wine and highlife music.   Palm wine is West African folk
      music with Portuguese influences and Trinidadian calypso rhythms.  It is said the Portuguese sailors
      introduced the acoustic guitar to the coast and so the inhabitants adopted it
      and made it an integral instrument for folk music. Palm wine music was named
      after the drink from the naturally fermented sap of the oil palm, which was
      shared at gatherings where African guitarists played.  Highlife music is popular music that
      started in the administrative centres or towns and was associated with civil
      servants and other professionals who made up the middle and upper classes.  Afrafranto was formed in early 2007 by
      singer/songwriter Theo Yaw Boakye (lead vocals) with fellow band-mates Pa Joe (guitar
      and vocals), Kofi Ackah (percussion and vocals), Ebenezer Agyekum (bass
      guitar), Sam Donkor (balafon), and Marshall Nketiah (congas).

       

      Afrafranto has grown into a dynamic group that has entertained
      audiences over the past few years with their dance-driven music and electric
      performances.  They have opened for
      Salif Keita at the Harbourfront Centre and performed at various venues and
      festivals in the city.  Four
      members of the group (Theo Yao Boakye, Kofi Ackah, Pa Joe and Ebenezer Agyekum)
      are also part of the African Guitar Summit collective that has won a JUNO with
      their very first recording in the world music category.  Afrafranto is truly the only group
      outside Ghana that is promoting and keeping alive this unique form of
      music.  There are very few
      practitioners of palm wine in Ghana nowadays; Toronto is very fortunate indeed
      to have such a talented and dedicated group as Afrafranto.

       

      Come celebrate the beginning of a busy and hot concert season
      by supporting local music and rejuvenate especially African music in the city.

       

      When:             April
      25, 2013.

      Where:            Lula
      Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W.

                              Dinner reservations guarantee seating.  www.lula.ca
      416 588 0307

      Tickets:           $15
      general admission.

                              Free entry to donors that pledge to the Karibuni fundraising
      show 
                              on CIUT 89.5 FM on Sunday, April 21, 2013 from 6 – 8 pm.

      Info:                info@...  www.batukimusic.com  

      www.facebook.com/batukimusicsociety

       

       Batuki Music
      Society gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council and
      Canada Heritage.

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      Batuki Music SocietyP.O. Box 68585
      360A Bloor St. W.Toronto, ONM5S 1X0
      nadine@...
      www.batukimusic.com
      "nurturing and strengthening cultural diversity through music and the arts."  

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