This event is presented by the Black Arts Festival
Black Arts Fest Concert Series presents an evening with Grammy Award winner and Radio 3 World Music Award nominee Dobet Gnahoré. Dobet is a singer, dancer and percussionist from the Ivory Coast and sings in French and seven African languages. Her incredible band ranges from her native popular music, ziglibiti, to Congolese rumba plus Western African Mandinka melodies carried along with jazz-like sounds. Dobet’s powerful voice, intensely captivating stage presence and high energy dance routines all promise the audience an inspired, energetic and beautiful performance.
Dobet Gnahoré is a singer from Côte d'Ivoire. The daughter of percussionist Boni Gnahoré, she plays with the group Na Afriki, consisting mainly of French and Tunisian musicians, who accompany her with the guitar, sanza, the balafon, the calebasse and bongos. Due to the civil war, she moved to France in 1999. With more than 800 concerts since 2004, the Grammy Award winning artist has sung before President Obama and performed at the world-renowned Kennedy Center.
Casimiro Nhussi with NAfro Band
NAfro is an African percussion-based band with a unique and high-energy blend of rhythms and melodies from all over the African continent. Their trademark is the audience interaction and participation that takes place, bringing the true nature of an African show to audiences. Their style is AfroBeat and AfroJazz with straight-ahead rhythms. Born in Mozambique, Africa, Casimiro has been a dance and music professional since 1982. In addition to performing with his band for 9,000 people for the opening of the African Games, Nhussi is a three-time nominee for the Western Canadian Music Award.
Fenom & Guerrillas of Soul
Rhonda Thompson, also known as “Fenom”, has been an avid performer in Winnipeg, and across Canada for several years, and in a few genres including hip hop, reggae, and gospel. She’s opened for The Roots w/Magnum K.I., showcased at Canadian Music Week in Toronto and continues to be a fixture at Calgary Reggae Festival.
The Guerrillas of Soul creates a compelling blend of folk, funk, indie-rock, and Afrobeat- underpinned by jazz and blues - that will inspire the hearts in most. The duo’s music is rooted in a love of human stories that define us all. The Guerrillas of Soul casts these stories through their music, as the band’s name suggests, with a worldwide concern for equality and social justice. They’ve stomped their feet on the Rainbow Trout Folk Festival, The Last Dance Festival (Cape Town) and TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival stages; opened for Lee Fields & The Expressions and Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi; and gave the musical tribute to award-winning author, Dr. Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela at the Sol Kanee Lecture.
Host, Adeline Bird
Adeline Bird is from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Born Ojibwe and African descent. Her passion and drive for inspiring people to live more consciously, and, for storytelling, gave birth to her podcast "Soul Unexpected". Her talent as a host has led her to hosting festivals such as "Spur Fest" and "Winnipeg Pride 2017". She's also featured in Huffington Post's "Like A Tourist", and was recently in the running for CBC Manitoba's Future Leaders of Tomorrow Award. Adeline can be heard hosting the weekly Indigenous Top 40's Countdown on NCI and Sirius XM Radio.
West End Cultural Centre enables and encourages live music and artistic expression and provide a meeting place for artists and the community. Performers appreciate the intimate nature and superb sound of the theatre, as well as the dedicated audience and devoted volunteers.
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