AUG. 25TH - AHMED FOFANA (Peacock Bar and Grill, Surrey)
AUG. 26TH - OKAVANGO AFRICAN ORCHESTRA (Imperial, Vancouver)
AUG. 27TH - CUBA'S CHARANGA HABANERA (Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver)
FREE EVENTS ON SATURDAY AUG. 26TH ALL DAY
Just take the skytrain to the Surrey City Central Skytrain Station and walk a few meters to join an exceptional celebration of Africa's heritage at the beautiful City of Surrey Civic Plaza featuring top live performances, a colourful crafts market, food trucks, a beer garden and all kinds of entertainment. AHFOMAD'17 at the Civic Plaza is a free, family-friendly event running from 10:00 am till 9:00 pm on Saturday, August 26th. Additional featured concerts will be taking place in Vancouver.
12 instruments, 10 languages, 7 countries…
The orchestra takes its name from the Okavango Delta, a basin in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, where many different animal species come together to feed and find water. Predators and prey are forced to coexist and share the meager resources because of the harsh environment around them.
Similarly, Okavango African Orchestra brings together the traditional music and instruments of several major African cultures that historically have had little or no interaction. The musicians of Okavango have created a common meeting place for these disparate cultures, and a new musical language that harmonizes their different tuning systems, rhythms, and timbres. The multicultural spirit of modern-day Canada bridges ancient African solitudes.
Led by music genius David Calzado, Charanga Habanera have remained among the top 3 most popular bands in Cuba for the past 30 years, receiving numerous acknowledgements ranging from Latin Grammy nominations to pretty much every award the Cuban music industry has to offer. Incomparable in their ability to engage the crowd, the rare combination of stage hotness accompanied by an elite troop of accomplished musicians is what makes this band a smash hit anywhere and everywhere they go.
For more info, please visit www.festivalafrica.org