Fikile performs African fusion music
Oct 6, 2011, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Fikile is the Zulu name given to musician and composer Bruce Cassidy. It is also the name under which he produces his world music projects. Fikile plays music drawn from traditions across Africa, combining rhythms from Sudan, South Africa and Ghana.
Cassidy traveled to South Africa in 1980 with the rock band Blood, Sweat and Tears (BS&T) and was subsequently offered a job writing music for film in Cape Town. Initially intending to stay for a year, he made his home there for the next 23 years, immersed in the local culture and the African music scene.
While in South Africa, Cassidy composed music for feature films, documentaries and TV specials, and arranged music and produced recordings for many local artists, including Columbia recording diva Sibongile Khumalo, Vusi Mahlasela, The Soweto String Quartet, gospel singer Rebecca Malope and many others.
Upon returning to his native Canada in 2003, Cassidy worked for five years as musical director with BS&T songwriting and singing giant David Clayton-Thomas. He now concentrates on his own African-influenced musical projects.
Admission is free and everyone welcome. | Map & Directions
|Location:||Martin Family Lounge, 219 Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele St.|
|Sponsor:||Department of Music, Faculty of Fine Arts|
|Posted by:||Judy Karacs|