Toronto, Canada: Afrafranto, the masters of palm wine and highlife music of Ghana perform at the Lula on April 25, 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,
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.
Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W.
Dinner reservations guarantee seating. www.lula.ca
416 588 0307
Free entry to donors that pledge to the Karibuni fundraising
on CIUT 89.5 FM on Sunday, April 21, 2013 from 6 – 8 pm.
Info: info@... www.batukimusic.com
Society gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council and
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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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