TORONTO, Ontario – For the fifteenth year, Festival Bana y’Afrique, a free event organized by Africa New Music – Afrique Nouvelle Musique is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of African music and culture in Toronto—returns to Harbourfront Centre.
Co-produced by the Batuki Music Society, it is part of the Habari Africa Festival and the Harbourfront Centre’s celebration of its 40 year anniversary.
Batuki Music Society is an incorporated non-profit community-based organization that promotes African music and art through performances at music venues throughout the year, culminating into a weekend festival at the end of the programming season. The organization actively seeks local artists and works with them by helping find performance venues; providing advice on career development; music recording; touring and management. Batuki Music Society also provides visibility and necessary publicity to artists who hail from minority groups by placing them in concerts and festivals in mainstream venues to facilitate integration.
Bana y’Afrique is a multi-disciplinary event with concerts, dance, theatre, food, a marketplace, and activities for youth and children. Traditional and contemporary styles of music by top international touring acts, African performing groups from across Canada and one international will be seen and heard.
The market will feature vendors and cultural organizations with a wide array of crafts and clothing from the continent and the opportunity to sample delicious African foods. It will be a journey to the continent of Africa in downtown Toronto.
For three fun-filled days, an array of acts and workshops will contribute to the cultural fabric that is Toronto.
The free event runs from Friday, July 18, 2014 – Sunday, July20, 2014. For a complete list of the weekend’s activities visit: www.afriquenouvellemusique.org.