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Music, the Soul of Africa

Rarely do we make a trip to Africa without being completely overwhelmed and enchanted by the music of each country and area we visit, and the talented entertainers we meet, whether it be at a lodge in the Serengeti, a world event in Accra, Ghana, an open air buffet in Arusha, Tanzania, or a charismatic church service in Kumasi. Photo below: King Kiki, Dar es Salaam.

King Kiki - Mister Music, Africa's Outstanding Showman. Born in the Congo, popular throughout East Africa.

Dar es Salaam's star performer is a prime example of Africa's abundant talent; we enjoyed his friendship for several days in that historic crossroads city on Tanzania's Indian Ocean Coast, and look forward to seeing and hearing him again soon. In the meantime, we have a selection of CDs to lift us up on those occasional down moments. The "Heart and Soul" of African Music will be at the top of our editorial menu for 2006. Watch for a variety of items to appear on this page. If you want to send us information on any established African entertainers or rising stars, send an E-Mail any time.

Mali Music Makers Visit Washington, D.C. The Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts for the Republic of Mali showcased the rich culture of Mali and its people at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall, Washington, D.C.. The Malian program opened daily from 11:00am-5:30pm and several evening events from 5:30pm-9:00pm. This will be a fabulous opportunity for individuals to learn more about the rich culture and history of Mali as well as sample some traditional foods and purchase exquisite handicrafts. Although in 1960, the Republic of Mali reassumed the name of one of the empires that had formerly flourished in the region, its imperial legacy is much broader.


Dates for the above event in Washington, DC to be announced.

African Music in Western Canada
It's Canada Day weekend and we're off to visit the African Music Festival at Grandview Park on Commercial Park in Vancouver's East End. Watch for photos and details of other African musical events in this area. Check out this exciting web site: