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The following provides information on a selection of artists and groups
that play African music:
Alpha Yaya Daillo
Tarig Abubakar &
Nominated in 1993 for a Juno, this Vancouver-based guitarist combines
African and Western drumming with his unique guitar stylings.
Discography includes "Nene"
Formed in the latter nineties, this group has risen to international prominence.
They sing in Kiswahili, English and Arabic and their sound is a mix of West
African percussion and East and Central African guitar stylings. The Afro-Nubians
perform various genres of African music from Soukous to highlife.
Discography includes:"The Great Africans"
and the Blacks Unlimited
Thomas Mapfumo and The Blacks Unlimited are quickly becoming some of the
most widely known and sought after African performers. Once imprisoned
for his outspoken stance against the Rhodesian white-minority leadership
of his country, Mapfumo remains close to his roots and feels it is important
for African musicians not to lose their direction when being influenced
by Western sounds.
Muhtadia and Friends, a calypso-jazz band has been spicing up Toronto's
night life, was formed the mid-1980's. The band was born out of the natural
fusion of Toronto's many cultural styles: it blends the music of Canada,
the U.S. and the Caribbean into a unique feel called "Torontoroc". Muhtadi,
the group's founder has been teaching and performing in Canada since 1974.
A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Muhtadi plays with the Desperadoes steel
band in Trinidad during the island's annual Carnival.
The music of this seven member group has been described as "Somali dance
music - hip hop, soul, and dance mix with Somali, Arabic and Swahili lyrics".
Jali (Master teacher) Lamine Suso from Gambia, West Africa learned to
play the 21-stringed Kora under the tutelage of his father. Suso earned
the title of "Jali" when he became successful as a local troubadour in
his native Gambia, which he subsequently had to leave for political reasons.
He has toured widely in West Africa and has been one of the more popular
attractions at the WOMAD festivals in Toronto.
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