Malagasy guitar Maestro & Multiple Juno award winner… Friday, MARCH 2, 2012 | show 8-10 PMNOW Lounge 189 Church St (at Shuter) launching… AFRICA UP CLOSE: a Monthly Series in an intimate setting… every FIRST FRIDAY DJ APOLLO spinning… [ click here for more info ]


To celebrate Black History Month, the rich musical traditions of “Abyssinia” or present day Ethiopia…  a comprehensive look at the country’s musical forms:the monochord music of the ‘Azmaris’ (story-telling and social commentary through song); the pentatonic and varied regional sounds; and the hybrid modern stylings of ethio-jazz. Saturday, February 11,Continue Reading


Steeped in the music of his homeland, with ears and heart open to the pulse of the world, Kinobe and The African Sensation share the traditional sounds of Uganda and the African continent, performing on a wide variety of traditional acoustic instruments. Sunday, January 29, 2012 | show 8:30 PMContinue Reading


Flood Relief for BAPMAF (the Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation) a benefit concert featuringAFRAFRANTOCanada’s kings of highlife and palm wine music Sunday December 11, 2011 door 8 PM | show 8:30 PM Lula Lounge 1585 Dundas St. W, Toronto tickets on sale now at these locations:African Drums & ArtContinue Reading


Batuki Music Society presents BASSEKOU KOUYATÉ & NGONI BA Mali’s Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba have deep roots in the griot tradition. The ngoni drives the band’s energetic live performances. When four of them are joined by the calabash, percussion and vocalist Amy Sacko’s transcendent voice, the pulsing, hypnotic soundContinue Reading


Sani-Abu School for African and Contemporary Dance (SSACD) and Batuki Music Society present IJO VUDU DANCE in concert: Kabako Benkadi (Powerful Unity) A Celebration of African Dance… from the Atlantic to the Indian, the Sahara to the Cape. Saturday, October 8, 2011 Pia Bouman Scotiabank Studio Theatre:6 Noble Street (DufferinContinue Reading


Batuki Music Society and Small World Music Society present Sidi Touré Thursday, September 29, 2011 at the Lula Lounge “Sidi Touré is a worthy successor to Ali Farka Touré. Among Songhaï musicians, Sidi is the best.Sidi Touré has all the talent, quality, simplicity, playing and singing skills; it’s incredible.We needContinue Reading


Batuki Music Society and the Gladstone Hotel present DONNÉ ROBERTS Friday, September 23, 2011 The World Concert Series Relaunches the Melody Bar! Donné Roberts is a singer songwriter, guitarist and producer. He came to the attention of a wider audience after earning a Juno Award in 2005 and was nominatedContinue Reading


  Batuki Music Society presents ‘MSAADA’ for East Africa ReliefBenefit Concert Thursday, August 25, 2011 at the Lula Lounge ‘MSAADA’ – ‘HELP’ (in Kiswahili, widely spoken in East Africa.) Batuki Music Society invites you to ‘Msaada’, the East Africa Relief concertto benefit the Médicins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders Horn ofContinue Reading


Batuki Music Society presents Ambuya Stella Chiwesheand the Chivanhu Band Sunday, August 21, 2011 at the Lula Lounge The Mbira Queen of Zimbabwe The remarkable Stella Rambisai Chiweshe, known worldwide as the ‘Queen of Mbira’ is an acclaimed virtuoso of the mbira, a sacred instrument central to Zimbabwean Shona culture.Continue Reading