Black History Month: Kaia Katar and Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble

Join us for an exploration of Black/African diasporic cultural expression in all its many forms, drawing on a wide array of traditional and contemporary instruments, genres, and styles, journeying from Nubia to Harlem via Appalachia, New Orleans, and Mississauga.

Instruments new and traditional engage in conversation, and musicians from across the city’s musical landscape come together to show us how far things have come — and where they continue to go.

In commemoration of Black History Month, we delve into the musical expressions of the African-Canadian experience with a double-bill featuring Waleed Kush Jazz Ensemble with special guest Ruth Makiang, and banjo-player singer-songwriter Kaia Kater.

The work of these artists, “only-in-Canada” though it may be, is rooted in the African continent — not only in terms of the music itself, but also in terms of how the work relates to issues of identity and how identity informs the work.

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