Africa New Music Presents
 FESTIVAL BANA Y’ AFRIQUE


Bana Y Africa

Africa New Music Presents
FESTIVAL  BANA Y’ AFRIQUE
SATURDAY 23th AND SUNDAY 24th, JULY 2011, 3 – 10 PM
METRO HALL SQUARE (BY JOHN STREET AND KING STREET WEST)

This year is the 12th annual edition of African festival. Festival Bana y’Afrique 2011 featuring a main concert stage with 16 performances from local and international award-winning African musical groups and exciting traditional dancers. From north to south and east to west, come and experience rhythms from the African continent.

Africa New Music presents Toronto’s 12th annual Bana Y’Afrique Festival, a celebration of African music and culture, FREE on July 23th and 24th at Metro Hall Square.

Festival Bana y’Afrique market will feature vendors and cultural organizations with a wide array of crafts and clothing from the continent and the opportunity to sample delicious African foods. A journey to the continent of Africa right here in downtown Toronto.

Bana Y’Afrique is a multi-disciplinary event with concerts, dance, theatre, food, a marketplace, and activities for youth and children. The pan-African lineup features a balance of traditional and contemporary styles of music by top international touring acts and this year is no exception.

Topping the bill, is Kache Kashala (Democratic Republic of Congo) making a rare Toronto appearance, also on stage, Master kalimba drummer Njacko Backo of Cameroon and Toronto, the fusion band of Anastasio & Zalang, formerly of Equatorial Guinea and now based in Toronto, pop vocalist Blaise La Bamba of the Congo, traditionalist Tamsir Seck from Senegal and show-stopping Nigerian vocalist Sonia Aimy.

Festival Bana y’Afrique is a free event organized by Africa New Music – Afrique Nouvelle Musique, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of African music and culture in Toronto.