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SpeakSudan Magazine Launch
March 30, 2013 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm$5
Putting down roots is an incredible collection of literature, commentary, art and photographs.
The launch will take place at 6:30 PM (reception), Show starts at 7:00 PM
There will be free childcare with engaging community oriented programming managed by Early Childhood Educator Zubayda Ismail
Multi-faith Prayer/Meditation Room Available
ASL Interpretation Provided
Cover art by Ethiopian Canadian Artist, Kalkidan Assefa
ART SHOW AND AFRICAN YOUTH COMMUNITY VENDORS
Simply Soronko Accessories
Includes catered appetizer, coffee and tea by Daniel et Daniel!
Vegetarian and Vegan options!
ALL SPACES ARE ACCESSIBLE
The magazine will be available for sale for $5 which will get you into the launch event. Our performer line-up is extraordinary, featuring:
Kim Crosby (Keynote)
A daughter of the diaspora, Arawak, West African, Indian and Dutch, hailing from Trinidad and living currently in Toronto. An award-winning multidisciplinary artist, activist, consultant, facilitator and educator.
Her jazz and fado influences create a rich story in her music. This half Tanzanian half Canadian songwriter plays a number of instruments and performs on both guitar and piano. Alysha Brillinger’s music takes you to the ocean side where each song was plucked from the romantic imagination of an Afro-influenced songstress. When not touring, Brillinger can be heard fronting “The Brilltones” at Toronto’s Premiere Jazz/Blues/Boogie Woogie venue, The Reservoir Lounge every Thursday night. Also a resident on the airwaves of Showcase’s “King” television show, Brillinger is the the featured vocalist and her voice and songs are on every episode. Brillinger was featured this year at the Toronto Jazz Festival and The Montreal International Jazz Festival.
Winner of the 2011 Leading Edge Arts Award, Brillinger currently has her first official release, “Brilla” on Itunes, her own label Sunny Jam Records.
In her own words:
I am Kenyan born artist from Sudan based in Toronto, Regent Park.I began doing spoken word in the summer of 2009 and since then have performed for over 300plus organizations/shows/venues. Writing has always been an integral part of my identity to situate myself in different environments,however growing up in a priority neighborhood has inspired my spoken word has become a tool to challenge status quo and critisize oppressive structures. I hope to provide an alternative image of black women and empower anyone I inspire with my work to translate it into tangible action
Manny Manolo, known at the earlier stages of his career as Fulani, is one of the most exciting new artists on today’s Afro-fusion scene. With his smooth vocals, captivating melodies and infectious African rhythms, Manny has transcended traditional musical genres to create a fresh, distinctive sound. His music is a unique blend of the eclectic mix of music he listened to while growing up in Kenya, ranging from Soul, RnB, Hip hop and Jazz to the local Benga, Chakacha, Afropop and Congolese Soukous.Manny’s musical prowess and commitment to issues affecting African people heritage has garnered him the attention of several international initiatives aimed at improving the lives of Africans.
Having performed and toured around North America and parts of Africa, Manny’s musical artistry and the international appeal of his distinctive sound is quickly making him a sought after performer. Manny continues to invest his energy into crafting quality music for audiences worldwide and is set to release his newest, eagerly anticipated album in 2013.
Mutendei Akhaya Nabutete
Mutendei is a concious poetry writer and novelist, from Kenya who also performs a majority of his poetical works as a spoken word artist. He has published two books, first being “Symposium Street: A collection of Poetry and short stories” and the second being “The Poetry express”, which is a compilation of several prominent pieces of his work.
In addition he is also the administrator of his own Blog ” The Idea_Bank11″ on Facebook that covers current issues and social changes in the world.
– Spoken Word Artist: Rua El Khasheef, Singer/Song Writer Marianne Jesow and SpeakSudan’s own, Mahad Mohamood!
THIS PROJECT WAS GENEROUSLY FUNDED BY THE LAIDLAW FOUNDATION