158. Festival Bana Y’ Afrique Jul. 23 and 24.


Njacko. Image courtesy Africa New Music.

Christopher Jones forwarded a press release on this weekend’s Festival Bana Y’ Afrique 2011. I spent a few minutes at this festival last year and only heard the DJ. I hope to get back there for a live performance this time. See Schedule below. 

Christopher’s website covers many of the same events we do, but he also has those you have to pay to enjoy. It’s http://www.livewithculture.ca/. Thanks for the tip, Christopher.

As for the Bana Y’ Afrique, it’s on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24, 3pm–10pm. It’s at Pecaut Square (formerly Metro Hall Square) at John and King Street West. (From the St. Andrew Subway stop, follow the signs to Roy Thomson Hall and Metro Hall. It’s air-conditioned most of the way!)

Festival Bana y’Afrique is a free outdoor celebration of African music and culture for the whole family. This year, it features a main concert stage with 16 performances by local and international award-winning African musical groups and traditional dancers. It will also have African food in its marketplace, and activities for youth and children.

Festival Bana y’Afrique is organized by Africa New Music – Afrique Nouvelle Musique, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of African music and culture in Toronto.

Saturday July 23:

03:00pm – 03:30pm: Tamsir Seck (Senegal) 30 min
03:30pm – 04:00pm: Dj Appolo
04:00pm – 05:00pm: Anastasio & Zalang (Equatorial Guinea) 60 min
05:00pm – 05:30pm: Dj Appolo
05:30pm – 06:00pm: Mabinty Sylla Dance & Drum (Guinea) 30 min
06:00pm – 06:30pm: DJ Appolo
06:30pm – 07:30pm: Sonia Aimy (Nigeria) 60 min
07:30pm – 08:00pm: DJ Appolo
08:00pm – 09:20pm: Blaise Bamba (DR Congo) 80 min

Sunday July 24:

03:00pm – 03:30pm: Lua Shayenne Dance (West Africa) 30 min
03:30pm – 04:00pm: DJ Appolo
04:00pm – 04:30pm: Lua Shayenne Dance (West Africa) 30 min
04:30pm – 05:00pm: DJ Appolo
05:00pm – 06:00pm: KacheKashala (DR Congo) 60 min
06:00pm – 06:30pm: DJ Appolo
06:30pm – 7:30pm: Njacko Backo & Kalimba (Cameroon) 60 min
07:30pm – 08:00pm: DJ Appolo
08:00pm – 09:20pm:Afrafranto (Ghana) 80 min

Festival Bana Y’ Afrique’s web-site is www.afriquenouvellemusique.org. This schedule along with bios of some of its performers in French and English can be found at: http://www.afriquenouvellemusique.org/bana.php .

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