Batuki Music Society and the Gladstone Hotel present music from Equatorial Guinea featuring Anastasio and Zalang Band Friday, MAY 6th, 2011 Ever heard music from one of Africa’s tiniest nations on the Atlantic Coast? Anastasio Bickie was born into a musical family in the lush tropical and tiny country ofContinue Reading

Batuki Music Society presents Okavango: An African OrchestraApril 15, 2011 at the Gladstone Hotel. Fresh off their triumphant debut, Okavango: An African Orchestra returns for an encore performance! Okavango: An African Orchestra is an ambitious new musical project that could happen only in a great multicultural city like Toronto. BatukiContinue Reading

Batuki Music Society and the Gladstone Hotel present Daniel Nebiat Friday, APRIL 1st, 2011 Born and raised in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, Daniel Nebiat picked up the krar (a five or six-stringed instrument from Ethiopia and Eritrea) at an early age, performing traditional songs and singing in his language,Continue Reading

Friday March 25, 2011 • The Music Gallery presents ETHIO T.O. Featuring Girma Woldemichael’s Ethio Fidel + Canaille with Isla CraigPart of the New World SeriesToronto shows its love for the exotic, pentatonic jazz-funk of Ethiopia and Eritrea Co-presented with Batuki Music SocietyDoors: 7pm, concert 8pmTickets: $15 regular, $10 member, seniorContinue Reading

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Batuki Music Society and Small World Music are proud to present the Toronto premiere of TIKEN JAH FAKOLY Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at the Lula Lounge Following in the footsteps of his musical mentor, Alpha Blondy, Tiken Jah Fakoly has established himself as one of the figureheads of the reggaeContinue Reading

When: February 25, 2011 at 8pm. Where: Glenn Gould – (CBC) at 250 Front St. West, Toronto. Admission: $25 tickets on sale at Glenn Gould Studio or 416-872-4255. The idea is to harmonize several musical instruments that many African artists use to create music.  The instruments are used in aContinue Reading

Batuki Music Society presents Mighty Popo’s CD launch on Thursday, November 11th, 2010 at the Lula Lounge at 9 pm. Mighty Popo’s latest recording ‘Gakondo’, which means origins or traditions in ‘Kinyarwanda’ is a journey to his Rwandan roots. Three ancient musical expressions intertwine to create the sound of ‘theContinue Reading

Batuki Music Society: Nurturing The Community Some musicians hail from well established communities (early African immigrants such as Ghanaians, Nigerians, South Africans); and it is often at community events that they have opportunities to play for a fee or an honorarium. Most community functions depend on volunteers as well asContinue Reading

Batuki Music Society: Nurturing The Audience Summer months are the busiest ones for performers of African music especially in Toronto where festivals happen every weekend from early June to late September. Festival-goers enjoy a lot of free performances by local and international acts. It is also difficult for promoters andContinue Reading


Amadou Kiénou (Burkina Faso)   Bio Born in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, Amadou Kiénou is the seventh son of a family of praise singers from Dafing, originating from a tribe descended from the ancient Mandingue Empire. Trained from his youth to be a griot, through the rituals and ceremonies thatContinue Reading