Schedule

Schedule 2012

Here is what's coming your way...

Sunday, August 5

Opening gala
6:30pm

Opening Gala

Afrikadey! is putting something together so things can fall apart. Come to the Opening Gala for a chic evening of art and philanthropy at The Westin Hotel (320 4 Ave SW). The Opening Gala not only ushers in the 2012 Afrikadey! Festival but also serves as a fundraiser for upcoming Afrikadey! projects including the full production of Cheryl Foggo’s adaptation of Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, who has read Foggo’s script and given us the go ahead. In 2010 you heard a theatrical reading of the adaptation at the Dutton Theatre; now help it get to the stage!

And don’t worry, you’ll get more than the warm, fuzzy feeling of giving; you’ll be entertained! The Kassade Band fuses African dance rhythms with the Western sounds of brass and foxtrot to make West African High Life music, Malcolm Mooney mixes jazz with poetry, Chris Copeland plays his steel drums with Brian Quaye rocking the keyboard, comics take their turn at the mic, and a preview fashion show whets your couture appetite. Not that you’ll be able to forget this amazing night of African art, but if you want a memento to go with your memories, bid in our silent auction after the delicious three-course meal.

Tickets are $100 per person and are available online or by calling 403.234.9110.

 

Monday, August 6

John Ware Re-imagined: A Theatrical Reading by Cheryl Foggo
7pm

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2012 marks the centennial of the Calgary Stampede: horses, chuck wagons, and cowboys. And when we think of a cowboy, we all envision the same thing, right? Leather boots, maybe some spurs, chaps, a bandana, a wide-brimmed hat, and… black skin? This is the way playwright Cheryl Foggo has come to picture the Calgarian cowboy, thanks to John Ware. Perhaps you’ve heard the name around town: some schools and buildings share the moniker. But how did a nineteenth-century slave from South Carolina come to be a steer-wrestling Calgary hero? Come to the Arrata Opera Centre (1315 7 St SW) to find out. Tickets are sold at the door for $10 or whatever you can spare.

 


Tuesday, August 7

Afrobeat Music Workshop
Tuesday, August 7; Wednesday, August 8; & Thursday, August 9 at 6pm

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Afrikadey! started with a dream of bringing renowned Afrobeat musician Fela Kuti to a city at the foot of the Canadian Rockies. This dream was realized, and spawned a Calgarian festival that is now in its 21st year. Get back to the roots of Afrikadey! and see where it all began: Afrobeat. The three-day workshop, conducted by Kuti’s Egypt 80 bandmate Dele Sosimi, explores the Afrobeat icon’s typical approach to composition and arrangement. Participants learn about the rhythm section, horn section, brass and reed interplay and phrasing, and popular call and response choruses and chants of Afrobeat. This workshop is for musicians and Afrobeat enthusiasts with mixed musical skills and abilities. However, participants will need to bring their own instruments to the National Music Centre (134 11 Avenue SE). The total cost for the nine hours of instruction is $150. Please call 403.234.9110 to register.



Film Screening of Agadez: The Music and the Rebellion 
7pm

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A Tuareg driver has only one cassette in the jeep he uses to shuttle foreign filmmakers around the Sahara Desert. That cassette is Bombino (Omara Moctar), the universally loved guitar player of the Agadez region. Set against the tumultuous backdrop of the Tuareg rebellion, Agadez: The Music and the Rebellion follows the story of one musician fighting for independence and freedom, not with arms but through his exquisite, infectious, and often dangerous guitar playing. Watch this extraordinary documentary at The Plaza Theatre (1133 Kensington Road NW) for only $12 at the door. For a sneak peak, watch the trailer here: http://zerogravityfilms.com/

Click here to read a very interesting preview/interview with producer Ron Wyman by Christine Leonard for Afrikadey! 

Wednesday, August 8

Noon Concert
12pm

Beatrice Byakika offers you an intimate performance of East African inspired pop and R&B in the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (corner of 7th Ave. and 1st St. SE). Make sure to come over at 12pm on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 for an hour of free entertainment.


Fashion Showcase
7pm

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African textiles are some of the most beautiful and intricate in the world: vibrant colours, flowing cloth, and elaborate prints. Dress holds a special place in African culture and history as identity has been woven into the fabric. This rich cultural tradition mixed with cutting-edge, modern talents makes African fashion one of the most dynamic styles in the world.

See the latest in African fashion as seven to ten local designers transform Eau Claire Market (Barclay Parade SW) into a couture catwalk. This fashion showcase connects Calgary to the international fashion scene as it is presented in association with New York City fashion producer 7 On Seventh.

Regular tickets are $30 and front row, $50, available online or by calling 403.234.9110.


Afrobeat Music Workshop

Tuesday, August 7; Wednesday, August 8; & Thursday, August 9 at 6pm

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Afrikadey! started with a dream of bringing renowned Afrobeat musician Fela Kuti to a city at the foot of the Canadian Rockies. This dream was realized, and spawned a Calgarian festival that is now in its 21st year. Get back to the roots of Afrikadey! and see where it all began: Afrobeat. The three-day workshop, conducted by Kuti’s Egypt 80 bandmate Dele Sosimi, explores the Afrobeat icon’s typical approach to composition and arrangement. Participants learn about the rhythm section, horn section, brass and reed interplay and phrasing, and popular call and response choruses and chants of Afrobeat. This workshop is for musicians and Afrobeat enthusiasts with mixed musical skills and abilities. However, participants will need to bring their own instruments to the National Music Centre (134 11 Avenue SE). The total cost for the nine hours of instruction is $150. Please call 403.234.9110 to register.


Thursday, August 9

Noon Concert
12pm

Location Change!!!! Event is now on Stephen Avenue and 2nd Street SW. 

For an hour of powerful and colorful music. Dance under the sun as the Krar Collective brings you stunning visuals and modern sounds with grooves deeply rooted in Ethiopian traditions.


Creative Youth Talent Show
7pm

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The most interesting, revolutionary art often comes from a society’s young people. Come witness what the most talented of Calgary’s youth are saying through their art — be it singing, emceeing, or another artistic outlet — at the Arrata Opera Centre (1315 7 St SW). This year’s Creative Youth Talent Show will feature the three winners of our Black History Month Showcase: Samantha Epp, Sykologist and Uncommon Figure. What’s more, we’re bringing back two of the most crowd-pleasing performers of last festival’s talent show: Naomi Mahder and Ali Abubaker. Support our young artistic Calgarians by attending this free event.


Afrobeat Music Workshop

Tuesday, August 7; Wednesday, August 8; & Thursday, August 9 at 6pm

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Afrikadey! started with a dream of bringing renowned Afrobeat musician Fela Kuti to a city at the foot of the Canadian Rockies. This dream was realized, and spawned a Calgarian festival that is now in its 21st year. Get back to the roots of Afrikadey! and see where it all began: Afrobeat. The three-day workshop, conducted by Kuti’s Egypt 80 bandmate Dele Sosimi, explores the Afrobeat icon’s typical approach to composition and arrangement. Participants learn about the rhythm section, horn section, brass and reed interplay and phrasing, and popular call and response choruses and chants of Afrobeat. This workshop is for musicians and Afrobeat enthusiasts with mixed musical skills and abilities. However, participants will need to bring their own instruments to the National Music Centre (134 11 Avenue SE). The total cost for the nine hours of instruction is $150. Please call 403.234.9110 to register.


Friday, August 10

Noon Concert - The Bay @ Chinook Mall
12pm - FREE

New Venue!! - The Hudson Bay Company - Chinook Centre - 6455 McLeod Trail SW

A first time event, Afrikadey! will be transforming Canada's historic trading post, The Hudson Bay Company, into a dance floor! Afrikadey! invites you to come take in the music of Beatrice Byakika and other artists as they bring you deeply rooted grooves and rhythms guaranteed to make your hips move.

Spectacular and free...


Artivism: A Symposium of Afrikadey! Artists
7pm

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When you pen your lyrics, what do you write about? When you paint your canvas, what is the image? If you’re passionate about a social issue, can you separate it from your art? Should you? Many Afrikadey! performers ask themselves these questions as they straddle the line between artist and activist. Come to the Central Branch of the Calgary Public Library (616 Macleod Tr SE) to hear what Emmanuel Jal, Beatrice Byakika, Oliver Mtukudzi (via recorded video), and Dele Sosimi have to say about artivism, the inclusion of social activism into artistic practice. Enjoy the discussion for free, and feel free to get involved by asking questions.

 

Dance Workshop
7pm

Do you want to practice for the big day, August 11?  Make sure your moves are on point for dancing on the grass in front of the stage? You’re in luck! Afrikadey! is holding a workshop where you can learn and practice the animated movements of African dance. Dancers of all skill levels are welcomed, from novice to expert (dance workshop conductor Nnata Camara is very patient!). The Arrata Opera Centre (1315 7 St SW) is the perfect venue for the $25 seminar.


Drum Workshop
7pm

Calling all drumming enthusiasts for one special night in the company of drum master Yeo Kessede. Digging back to the deepest roots, learn authentic, vibrant traditional West African polyrhythms and patterns. Get back to basics, in a spectacular way...  Plenty of drums available for rent. Bring your own if you can at 131, 61th ave SE. This unique class presented by Afrikadey! and One World Drum Company.

Saturday, August 11

Prince’s Island Park Celebration
Saturday, August 11 from 10am to 10pm

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This year Afrikadey! celebrates the deep roots of both the festival and African culture in Calgary. And what better way to celebrate than to enjoy the sun, food, drink, and performers for an entire day at Prince’s Island Park? This year, as usual, we have a star-studded line up of first class African artists. Alpha Yaya Diallo, a musician from Guinea, brings his fluid melodic lines and compelling grooves to the stage with his acoustic and electric guitars; Omara “Bombino” Moctar performs his electrifying jams of Tuareg resistance and rebellion; Krar Collective unveils the different traditions of Ethiopia with a contemporary edge; Olivier Mtukudzi lays down his husky Zimbabwean vocals; and Emmanuel Jal translates his grisly child soldier past in Sudan to rhythmic hip hop. These five artists are only the tip of the iceberg; prepare yourself for a dozen more international and local performers.

Check back often on our artists page for an up to date list of all Afrikadey! 2012 artists. The sheer amount of talent and entertainment is simply not equal to the price of an Afrikadey! ticket. For all this music, all this African artistry, adults only pay $25 and youth $20. Hurry to the tickets page or call 403.234.9110 now to get your tickets before they disappear!

Prince's Island Main Stage Schedule

Prince's Island Park Schedule


Roundup Party
Saturday, August 11 at 10pm

Man, Prince’s Island Park was a good time! Emmanuel Jal just left the stage, but you’re not ready to call it quits. Head over with the artists, staff, and fellow Afrikadey! patrons to the Arrata Opera Centre (1315 7 St SW) for the after party featuring Alpha Yaya Diallo and David J David with their bands. Admission is $20, the party starts at 10pm, and who knows when it’ll end. Or you can make your way to the Parkdale Community Hall ( 3512 5th Ave. NW) to join the Ethiopian community and DJ DAVE in celebrating authentic ethiopian music with the Krar Collective! Admission is $25, doors open at 9pm and the party ends at 2pm.  


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