|Written by Simba|
Batuki Music Society presents
Thursday June 30, 2011 at the Lula Lounge
West African Mandinka Music
The Mandinka Empire was one of the most powerful empires in West Africa whose areas stretched over a region that includes big chunks of present day Mali, Benin, Senegal, Guinea and Gambia. The legendary Sundiata Keita founded the great Mandinka Empire; a rich culture and tradition has survived many generations. The exploits of Sundiata Keita are being retold by griots in song. This oral tradition of story-telling through music has influenced many musicians in West Africa, the same is true of their counterparts here in Canada. Kabakuwo is a band that is continuing this rare and rich tradition.
The group has performed at several festivals such as Festival Interculturel de Rawdon, Les Francofolies de Montréal, Festival International de Cinema Vues D’Afrique, and last year at Festival International Nuits d’Afrique. Also in 2010, Kabakuwo took first place among 36 groups, in Les Syli d'Or de la Musique du Monde, the annual competition organized by Productions Nuits d'Afrique in Montréal. Later the same year, the group released its first album "Malongtin", available on iTunes, and at zik.ca and espace-emergence.
Batuki Music Society gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council.