On November 3, 2017, Kouraba Toronto and The Randolph Theatre will play hosts to a night of drums, world instruments and audience joy as a mix of 17 master musicians and artists take the
stage to benefit The Centre for Cultural Advancement. Kouraba Toronto’s annual festival features four days of events including a drum workshop where participants can interact with and learn from musicians who interpret ancient stories passed down through generations of song tellers.
In 2014, the Kouraba Toronto Centre for Cultural Advancement was established as a non-profit organization with a strong mandate to engage and connect communities through music workshops, symposiums, concert series and the arts. Kouraba Toronto endeavours to showcase some of the cultural commonalities that exist among African & world Indigenous peoples.
This year's complete musical line up will be:
Amara Kante - Artistic Director and Djembe drummer
Nada El Masriya - Egyptian dancer
Mohamed Diaby - Griot/vocalist
Abdoulaye Traore - Guitarist
Subhajyoti Guha - Tabla player
Safiya Daley - Fashion designer
Aisha Diate Sylla - Vocalist
Abdoulaye Toure - Dunduns drummer
Salif Lasso Sanou - Flutist
Boris Pierrou - Djembe drummer
Mamadou Kone dit Kaki - Djembe drummer
Shamakah Ali - Drummer
Ahmed Fofana - Keyboardist
Roger Williams - Bass guitarist
Luther Hansraj - Master of Ceremonies
Joy Lapps-Lewis - Steel-pan musician
Neil Brathwaite - Saxophonist
Jayadevan Nair - Violinist
These artists will all perform on Friday November 3rd, from 7 pm - 11 pm at the Gala Concert of the Masters at The Randolph Theatre. Saturday November 4th, Boris Pierrou will lead drumming workshops and a panel conversation with the Kouraba 2017 artists at A Different Booklist from 1 pm to 5 pm. The festival will close out on Sunday, November 5th with the Kouraba KeDunia World Music Concert at the Alliance Francaise de Toronto from 2 pm - 3 pm.
Concert tickets are available at www.eventbrite.ca or by calling 416 802 2784. Early bird and general admission tickets $20-40.00. $50.00 at the door.