Music Africa of Canada Inc.
Established in 1989 and incorporated in 1992, Music Africa is a not-for-profit community-based organization that promotes African music in Toronto through its annual flagship music festival Afrofest. Music Africa is among the oldest and most respected organizations promoting African music in Canada. Through its activities and events, such as the annual Black History Month Concert Series, Music Africa is committed to enhancing appreciation and awareness of African music among Canadians and continues to strive to establish Toronto as a thriving global center for African music. Afrofest is an outdoor African music and cultural festival that brings the African community in Toronto together and showcases the beauty and complexity of African art and culture. The festival presents over 40 musical performances, 80 food and merchandise vendors, African drummers at a Drum Zone and educational elements through workshops on stage and at the Children's Creative Village. It is the largest free African festival in North America.
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This application is for “AFROFEST 2018”, 30th anniversary programming taking place June 30 to July 8 in several Ontario cities (London, Ottawa, Ajax, Waterloo, Kitchener and Hamilton) with the finale at Woodbine Park in Toronto on July 7 and 8, 2018. Programming will be both ticketed and free, and will include: (2) Africa Celebrates Canada (Toronto, June 30 and Ottawa July 1): featuring Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe), Slim Flex (Toronto), andDJ Magic Flowz (Toronto); (2) AFROFEST Pre-events (Waterloo, July 3 and 4; London, July 5; Ajax, July 5; Kitchener, July 6; Hamilton, July 6; and Toronto, July 6); and (3) AFROFEST 2018 (Toronto / Woodbine Park, July 7 and 8): featuring Extra Musica (Congo), Douzi (Morocco), Amadou Kienou (Toronto), Waleed Abdulhamid (Toronto), Africa Guitar Summit (Toronto), Ijo Vudu (Toronto), Success K (Nigeria). In total 40 performances will be booked before April 30, 2018. AFROFEST has five main areas: Main Stage featuring established local and international artists; Baobab Stage for emerging and youth artists; Drum Zone area designated for various styles of African drumming; AFROFEST Marketplace where about 80 food and merchandise vendors showcase their products; and Children’s Creative Village. The main event will include an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the highest number of djembe drummers playing simultaneously. This activity will be led by four master drummers who will direct 1,000 drum enthusiasts.