Summer Festa: Bonga & Don Kikas: May 25, 2013


Saturday, MAY 25, 2013
entry 8 PM  |  show 9 PM
 The Opera House 735 Queen Street East, Toronto

Summer Fest 2013
BONGA & special guest DON KIKAS
plus Ingrid Monteiro & DJ Nitsen

presented by Massemba Productions | promotional support by Batuki Music Society.

Tickets: $50 advance
online – click here in person:Soundscapes, 572 College St.
African Drum & Art Crafts, 618 Dundas St. W.<
Portugal Mix, 1191 Dundas St. W
M&J Perfumes, 1030 St Clair Ave. W.
Wireless Wave (Francisco Pegado) in Dufferin Mall, 900 Dufferin St.
by phone: (647) 402-7867 | (647) 533-9595 | (647) 985-4784


Bonga (born José Adelino Barceló de Carvalho) has been composing and performing musically since the early ‘70s. His professional career was launched in Rotterdam (where, in 1972, he was forced into exile) adopting the name Bonga Kwenda. With over 30 albums released to date, singing in a variety of Angolan languages, Portuguese and French, Bonga’s songs are a melodic blend of merengue, semba, kizomba and some latin elements. Bonga’s music evolved from singing about the fight for independence, social consequences of a war the lasted nearly 3 decades and ending in 2002 (Album Paz em Angola – Peace in Angola), to more uplifting themes contained in his latest album Hora Kota. The lyrics emphasize the importance of observing and passing cultural values to the younger generation. Hora Kota appeals to the deeper African identity, valuing ancestral teachings and listening carefully to the histories told by the elderly, which to a large extent can equip us to cope in this conflicted world we live in.
With his famous husky voice, Bonga’s energy onstage is so captivating that he always leaves his audiences wanting more! The songs are backed by rippling acoustic guitar, accordion and Bonga’s own work on harmonica and dikanza (an African percussion instrument made from bamboo). Bonga will be accompanied by his group of musicians and will delight Torontonians with the sweet sounds and voices from Angola.

Karibuni radio program, CIUT 89.5FM Toronto: host Nadine McNulty with guest Rui DaSilva interview Bonga – March 3, 2013

Don Kikas is a talented singer/songwriter who exploded in the Angolan music scene in 1995. He has 5 Albums released to date. His latest Album Regresso a Base (Return to Base) released in 2011 contains a variety of rich rhythms and sounds which are sure to please the audience. Don Kikas’ “youngish” appearance disguises a mature, hard working and multi-faceted artist. In reviewing his latest album, Toronto blogger Anya Wassenberg (Art & Culture Maven) said: ‘The CD is full of irresistible rhythms and latin-flavored grooves, topped by his expressive vocals and nimble guitar lines”. Toronto will be treated to a rich blend of refreshing music!

Ingrid Monteiro, the best Cape Verdian voice in North America!

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