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“Africa-Canada-Cuba” with Okan, Abebe Fikade & Shane Cook
May 18 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm$30 – $35
In association with World Fiddle Day, Batuki Music and Polyphonic Ground, Hugh’s Room Live welcomes to the stage three world class fiddlers from Africa/Cuba/Canada. Featuring Abebe Fikade (Ethiopian masenqo), Okan (Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne and band, originally from Cuba) and the inimitable Shane Cook from Dorchester, Ontario. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience!
You will enjoy first-hand one of the oldest 1-string fiddles, the masenqo, still preserved amongst the Azmari people in East Africa where it is used to tell stories, pass on history, improvise and entertain. Abebe will be appearing with well-known Ethiopian singer Mimi Zenebe (known as the Edith Piaf of Ethiopia) and percussionist Bereket Tekabu.
From there we move on to Cuba where the violin has played a hugely important role in traditional music, combining the African heritage of the Cuban people with European influences. Okan is led by Elizabeth Rodriguez (violin) and Magdelys Savigne (percussion), both formerly of Jane Bunnett and Maqueque. They will be performing with Roberto Riveron on bass and Danae Olano on piano.
Finally, we have one of our Ontario masters of Old Time Canadian Fiddling, National Champion in both Canada and the U.S., the inimitable Shane Cook of Dorchester, Ontario, who will be performing with Kyle Weymouth (guitar/stepdance).
ABOUT POLYPHONIC GROUND:
Polyphonic Ground is a partnership of 11 small and medium-sized live music presenters committed to building and sustaining Toronto as a global music city. The organizations include Ashkenaz Foundation, Batuki Music Society, Good Kind Productions, Link Music Lab, Lula Music & Arts Centre, MonstrARTity Creative Community, Music Africa, Revolutions Per Minute, Small World Music Society, Uma Nota Culture, and World Fiddle Day Toronto. This event is made possible by the generous support of Canada Council for the Arts, Dept of Canadian Heritage, OMDC, Toronto Arts Council.