Toronto, ON (June 1st, 2015) – The inaugural AMW (African Music Week) launches in Toronto on June 9thand marks the first time an African music conference and festival is being held in North America to raise awareness and draw attention to the diversity and richness of African music, while paying attention to the business structure behind the new African music movement. Africa’s first non-continental music conference and festival will feature some of the most sought after producers, executives and performersfrom Africa and throughout the diaspora, all of whom will converge in Toronto. African Music Week was created by the AIM 2 Impact non-profit organization to heighten the Canadian public’s understanding of African music through a series of concentrated events in Toronto. The lineup for the debut year of the AMW festival includes a who’s who of local African musical talents including:
Stonebwoy (2015 BET Awards nominee), Femi Abosede & Culture Force, Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble, Yinka Farinde & The African Beat, Kobena Acquaah-Harrison, Waleed Abdulhamid, Trinity Mpho, Ruth Mathiang, Slim Flex and many more! Hosted by G98.7 FM’s MC Bonde (“The African Groove”)
“African Music Week is a new annual conference staged to help develop the African music industry in North America. The Afrobeats concert on June 12th will be a celebration of the best of the continents local, national and international popular music makers brought together on one scorching hot stage,” says President/Founder Julius “Julz” Ossom.
From emerging African-Canadian musicians to mid-career and seasoned veterans coming in from Africa, the US and abroad, AMW has created this week long platform to highlight multi-genre Afro-diasporic musical sounds; from Highlife to Reggae, Afrobeat to Hiplife and Afro Pop to Hip Hop. AMW aims to educate and expose both local and international African artists to the networks that will assist them in maintaining their careers in the global music industry.
African Music Week Festival program highlights include:
June 11: Ladies First Showcase – an all-African line-up of multi-genre female talents including Sweet Maria,Trish, Neza, and Empress Ebony celebrating female empowerment through music. Rum Exchange Lounge (67 Richmond St W). 9pm-2a.m. Tickets $20.
June 12: Afrobeat Festival Concert night showcases a vast array of A-list African musicians across countries and genres including Stonebwoy, Femi Abosede & Culture Force, Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble, Yinka Farinde & the African Beat, Kobena Acquaah-Harrison, Waleed Abdulhamid, Trinity Mpho, Ruth Mathiang, Slim Flex and more. Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne St). Doors open 8pm. Tickets $20 at Eventbrite.
June 13: AIM Music Conference features a who’s who of music industry trend setters including Universal Music Canada A&R Rich Castillo, leading entertainment lawyer Eb Reinbergs, Peter Toh from Music Africa(producers of Afro Fest), G98.7 FM’s MC Bonde, Ontario Arts Council’s Popular & World Music OfficerMicheal Murray, Remix Project’s Gavin Sheppard. Moderated by David Hayman (We Are The Super Group). Alliance Francaise (24 Spadina Road). 9am -1:30pm. FREE Admission.
African Music Week runs from June 9th – 13th at multiple venues throughout Toronto. Events are both ticketed and FREE admission. For the full African Music Week schedule and more information please visit:africanmusicweek.ca and follow @africanmusicwk. African Music Week is sponsored by Ethiopian Airlines, Ghana Mixtapes, Music Africa, The Suya Spot, Jal Gua, Marcato Digital, Bohten, FEVA TV, The App Lab, andAbandze Embassy.
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