Habari African Festival: A Celebration of African Music and Culture
For the fourth consecutive year, Toronto will celebrate the richness and diversity of African culture during the Habari Africa Festival. The multi-disciplinary arts festival will celebrate African music, dance, film, fashion, art, and culture. This year’s event will be held Friday, August 11 – Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. This African arts festival is hosted by Batuki Music Society, an organization devoted to celebrating and strengthening cultural diversity through music and the arts in their biggest event of the year.
Those in attendance will enjoy presentations, participate in workshops, shop for crafts from a multitude of vendors, and eat authentic African food. This is an event for the whole family, as there will be activities for children of all ages; there is truly something for everyone. Most importantly, there will be a great deal of African music including performances by local acts and international stars with nearly every African genre being represented: Congolese rumba, Ethiopian eskista, Eritrean Tigrinya music, Senegalese griot traditions, traditional and contemporary West African sounds, Malagasy salegy, East African gospel, blues and jazz, Sudanese folk music, modern hip-hop, etc.
Toronto is a city that embraces its multicultural identity, particularly its growing African population. The festival is an opportunity for all African diasporic peoples to celebrate their culture and share their heritage with fellow Torontonians. Not to mention, attendance has grown each year and it’s expected that this year’s festival will be packed with people of all backgrounds and ages. Among the forthcoming highlights of this year’s festivities, there will be a late-night concert and dance featuring Diblo Dibala & Matchatcha, a screening of the film Two Ways to Heaven, and a fashion show by Africanish Style. Notably, a performance by the Neema Children’s Choir, comprised of Ugandan orphans, will be a major focal point. For many past attendees, the best parts are the hands-on activities such as the chance to learn African dance, drumming or even the art of the head-wrap.
All in all, these four days are jam packed with amazing explorations of the rich beauty of African art, music, and culture. Check out the full lineup to learn more about this incredible festival.