Achilla Orru: Apr 7, 2013

Batuki Music Society presents

a Tribute to the King of Lokembe
Achilla Orru Apaa-Idomo

Sunday, April 7, 2013

entry 7 PM | show 8 PM

Lula Lounge 1585 Dundas St. W, Toronto

By donation: $20 suggested minimum

All proceeds benefit The Achilla Orru Memorial Fund.

Dec.15, 2008 Achilla Orru is a blind musician from Uganda and came to Canada as a refugee in 1989. He has played his grandfathers African thumb piano since he was a child. Has released several CD’s since 1997. Toronto Star/Michael Stuparyk

Toronto artists and musicians join together to pay tribute to Achilla Orru Apaa-Idomo.

This extraordinary gathering of so many talented artists at the Lula is a fitting homage to Achilla who touched the lives of many with his music in Toronto, Canada and around the world.

The line up of performers includes:

Baana Afrique (Achilla’s band)
African Guitar Summit
Njacko Backo & Ann Lederman
Nhapitapi Mbira
Lizzy Mahashe/Kobena Aquaa-Harrison
Ruth Mathiang
Sani Abu of Ijovudu Dance
Kwame Stephens
Katenen ‘Cheka’ Dioubate
Subway Friends.

Born in Uganda, and blind at childhood, Achilla was the finest musician that ever played the simple lukeme, a hand-held wooden box instrument with keys made from flattened bicycle spokes (also known as likembe, mbira, kalimba, sanza or simply thumb piano).

Achilla passed away on February 4, 2013 in Toronto.

< in 2008 with his grandfather’s thumb piano.

Ongoing donations can also be made at any branch of Bank of Montreal, account number: 00022-3941-436

The Karibuni radio program on CIUT 89.5FM Toronto, with host Nadine McNulty, special co-host Opiyo Oloya & invited guests – Godfrey Sekijoba, Doriann Forrester, Lina Allemano, Shelly Coopersmith, & Njacko Backo, honour Achilla in a broadcast on February 10, 2013.

In 2009, Achilla received the Pioneers for Change Arts Award from Skills for Change, an organisation championing the accomplishments of new Canadians for over 20 years – here is his video profile.

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