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Thursday, 17 May 2018

Island Beats With Lena Brown At Afro Fest Toronto 2017


Afrofest is the largest free African Music Festival in North America.

Held annually, Afrofest takes place the first weekend of July at Woodbine Park in the heart of Toronto. Started in 1989 by Music Africa, Afrofest showcases the best in African music, art, crafts, culture and food. Now in its 28th year, the festival has continued to grow and so has the calibre of artists that have graced its stages.
Island Beats joined the Afrofest movement in 2014 and later that year joined the board as a member at large.
In 2017 Island Beats worked at the membership table and it was a wonderful experience to take in up close and personal Afrofest which although the festival is called Afrofest the sense of diversity and inclusion speaks volumes.
It was also a pleasure to have 514LenaB join us who also helped to set up the park the day before the festival launched in 2017.
We were able to meet the Minister Of Immigration Ahmed Hussen who rendered an amazing speech and also spoke of he advantage that we have in Canada to live in a multi cultured country.
We also met with the original president of the festival who as well gave us some history on where the festival started from and all of the major milestones.
Although the festival faced some challenges in 2016 when the city wanted to condense the two day festival into one day the support from the community and a petition was able to combat that obstacle.
The crowd enjoyed Burkina Faso who although his performance was rendered in his mother tongue the African beat and the drums none the less impacted the crowd.
We also spoke back stage with Ammoye who expressed her desire to perform and take in the mother land some day.
The beauty of Afrofest is not only the different cultures that come together to celebrate African culture in every way is the fact that it is free and family oriented.
This year the festival will be held at the Woodbine park on July 7th and 8th. Massive come out and experience a day of family, fun, culture, and be a part of the Afrofest movement.

Lena B from Montreal

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