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International Women's Day
March 11, 2023

Empress Nyiringango

 

Empress Nyiringango is an Ottawa-based Rwandan singer-songwriter with a message of faith, resilience, and healing. Saddened by the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, she embarked on an arduous healing journey through her music. With it, she welcomes you to embark on a journey with her - a journey of healing from painful experiences of agony and isolation, and turning them into love, compassion, unity, and peace.

From ashes to glorious state! Peace, progress and reconciliation exist in Rwanda today. Empress Nyiringango invites you to visit a vibrant and lively Rwanda through her music, and paints a welcoming portrait of the country by showcasing Imigongo art throughout her website.

Empress's philosophy as a Rwandan Canadian singer-songwriter is to embrace and celebrate Canadian diversity and to co-exist peacefully and respectfully in the healing journey of fellow immigrants who fled war and all forms of atrocities. Her music uplifts and raises awareness on the impact of cultural heritage.

 

Together, let's build a better Canada for all the peoples regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, religion, language, and status. 
 

 

KIDUM KIBIDO & BODA BODA

 

Kidum is an award winning music artiste based in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa. Born and raised in Burundi, he relocated to Kenya to pursue his musical dream. He is one of the best live-music and vocalists in the region. He won 1st Place Song – World Music category at International Songwriting Competition 2014

2012 KORA Award “African Grammy Award”, Salax Award – 2 times PAM Award - 5 times Kilimanjaro Award - 2 times Akeza Award – 2 times East Africa Award and many more. The song “Mapenzi” won 1st Place at International Songwriting Competition 2014 in the World music category. Burundian, East Africa Singer, Songwriter, master drummer, Jean-Pierre Nimbona, a.k.a.  Kidum Kibido, is a Nairobi-based artist whose infectious tunes have hooked legions of fans in East Africa and throughout the world.  He is an Ambassador for Peace helping foster hope and reconciliation in East Africa. His secular but spiritual songs range from rocking zouk to acoustic classics, all featuring his vocal prowess.

 

Kidum Kibido musical inspiration started at age 10 when he started to play the drums. When he eventually came to Kenya as a refugee, he went off to Nairobi in search of a living and promptly joined a band as a drummer and singer; it took four years before Kidum Kibido started writing his own songs, which was the starting point to sharing his heart and passion with the people.  Since there, he has never looked back.

Kidum’s first album, Yaramenje (2001), established him as the Voice of Peace in the Great Lakes region in Africa. This followed with the hugely successful Shamba album, released in 2003. The 2006 Ishano album portrays Kidum’s vocal best with the rocking zouk Kichuna. With the 2010 release of Haturudi Nyuma - Kidum is granted The Kora Award (the African Grammy equivalent) for his songs Mapenzi, Nitafanya and Haturudi Nyuma.  In 2015 he released the popular Hali Na Mali album which includes the successful singles Mulika Mwizi, Kimbia, Enjoy and Hali Na Mali.

 

Kidum exhibits multiple talents as a composer, vocalist, drummer and arranger par excellence, although his earlier songs were recorded in the Kirundi language - he progressed to singing in Kiswahili where his spiritual and philosophical compositions became accessible to a wider audience.  Kidum’s journey to stardom has been inspiring because of his passion, resilience and hard work, overcoming hurdles that could have easily discouraged many, such talent and determination now finds the international artist Kidum singing in French, English and Spanish with his current band BodaBoda Band (translated as Crossing Borders)  performs throughout Africa & Middle East.  Kidum Kibido was invited to play in Edmonton, Canada at Folk Music Festival, one of the biggest festivals in the world.  He toured In Canada, Europe, United States of America and Australia. At everywhere the superstar plays on stage, his personality and talents attract new fans, and his songs touch his audience souls. 

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THE NAIJA DRAMA & COMEDY CLUB

 

Is a sensational multidisciplinary artist group, who perform traditional and contemporary styles from Nigeria, Africa and other parts of the world. The group is filled with talented entertainers of all kinds, performing at different events around Nigeria, Ghana, etc. The group is consisting of ten Multidisciplinary males and females from Nigeria.

 

Charles Baba Tunde OYEBANJI, artist name T-Jackson is a Dancer, Actor, Script Writer, Theater Director and Dance Choreographer, who have accomplished a lot of projects in his community and country In Nigeria. He is known for his legendary Michel Jackson dance moves, which he has performed at some top events such as, M.T.N project fame Audition, Zain and many more. 

 

Segun Victor JOHN, artist name. M.c. Zlatan is a comedian, Event Host, Script Writer, Hyperman, actor who has bagged various awards from his hard work. M.c Zlatan has made hit with celebrities like Derenle, Chidinma, Daniel Amokachi, Koffi, just to mention a few. He was the official Host for Guinness Brand, U.B.A, Etisalat, and many more. He has some comedy skits to his name, which were filmed in Ghana, Togo and Nigeria under the name of The Naija Comedy and Theater Group.

 

INTWARI CLUB

Intwari Club is a cultural group that works on traditional music, drums, and rhythmic work musical mixes with pastoral poetry. It’s a group composed of artists with a long experience of twenty years in traditional music and dances. Initially they belonged to and evolved from famous cultural organizations such as The INTATANA CLUB of Burundi which gave them the chance to travel the whole world (Asia, China, France, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Republic Democratic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda). Since 2015 they decided to expand their field of work and decided to live in Rwanda; a country that advances art as a whole and they formed a flagship club called CLUB INTWARI. From Kigali to Kampala the INTWARI CLUB artists are navigating the East African region and are much appreciated. They have been invited to various festivals and recently they gave good performances in the NYEGE NYEGE  festival in 2018. 

 

The vision of INTWARI CLUB is to conquer the African music market which will give a character of a competitive nature in the heart of African music as well as of the world music in general.

OCTOBER  2023 -  1st  Edition   AFRO SUKISA REGGAE FESTIVAL 

Afro Sukisa Arts & Music

Dec

29

2022

LA CONNEXIONAL (Honouring partners, volunteers and supporters)

END OF YEAR GALA & CREATIVE CITIZEN AWARDS

ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA

2 SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL SQ

6:30 PM TO 11:30 PM

Text Gala at 825-901-4800 to RSVP

Afro Sukisa MusicArts

February 18-26 | March 11 | May 20 | June 17 |
July 1st.| September 2, 22 & 23 | Dec 16 & 24

African Music Festivals Tours 2023 

July

01

2023

CANADA DAY CELEBRATION

PORTUGUESE CULTURAL CENTRE 

12964 52 Street, Edmonton, AB

12 p.m. - 23 p.m.

TICKETS @ $50
July

08

2023

SWAHILI VISION INTERNATIONAL ASS.

SWAHILI WEEK CELEBRATION 

ADDRESS: 9993 BONSOR CENTER, BURNABY.

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

TICKETS @ $30
July

14&15  

2023

PAN AFRICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL 

DAVID PECAUT SQUARE

METRO HALL TORONTO

215 KING ST W

TORONTO, ONTARIO

TICKETS @ $30
 
JULY
 
22 & 23 

2023

OTTAWA AFRICAN FESTIVAL

VENUE TBA

FREE
 July

29 

2023

AFRO SUKISA DIASPORA FESTIVAL  MONTREAL

ADDRESSTBA

MONTREAL, QUEBEC

 

TICKET $30
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