AFROFEST Set to Break Guinness Record for Largest Djembe Ensemble this Weekend

The festival is attempting to break two world records: for creating the largest djembe drum ensemble and for the most nationalities playing the djembe drum simultaneously, highlighting Toronto's diversity.

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AFROFEST Set to Break Guinness Record for Largest Djembe Ensemble this Weekend (CNW Group/AFROFEST)

TORONTO – To celebrate 30 years of AFROFEST, Music Africa will attempt to create a New Guinness World Record by putting together the largest Djembe Drum Ensemble. This event is open to everyone: every race, nationality, background, drumming level. The festival is attempting to break two world records: for creating the largest djembe drum ensemble and for the most nationalities playing the djembe drum simultaneously, highlighting Toronto’sdiversity. A Guinness World Record representative will be present at the event. This aspect of the festival will take place at Woodbine Park on July 08between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm.

Scheduled for Saturday July 7th and Sunday July 8th, the 2018 edition of AFROFEST is featuring a dynamic selection of acts from over 20 countries, including CongoGhanaBurkina FasoNigeriaZimbabweBurundiMoroccoJamaica and more presenting different vocal, music, drumming, dance, traditional and contemporary artistic styles. Headlining international acts include: Congolese Roga Roga & Extra Musica celebrating 25 years in music, Ivory Coast’s Afro-Zouk singer Monique Seka and Cameroon’s Queen of Bikutsi, Lady Ponce.

Also performing at the festival are: Toronto’s own Juno award winning multinational group Okavango, Nigerian-Canadian Afro-pop/hip hop recording artist Dice Ailes, Ugandan African popular music artist Eddy Kenzo alongside the ground-breaking dance group The Ghetto Kids and lots more! The festival’s musical programming reflects the artistic diversity of Africa and the community in Toronto.

AFROFEST is North America’s largest free African street festival, attracting over 100,000 visitors to Woodbine Park, Toronto over two days. It celebrates African music and culture, by highlighting its cultural beauty and diversity in food, fashion, art, crafts and performers.

About Music Africa Inc.
Music Africa is a not-for-profit community-based organization that promotes African music in Toronto through its annual flagship music festival AFROFEST. Established in 1990, Music Africa is among the oldest and most respected organizations promoting African music in Canada. Through its activities and events, such as the annual Black History Month Concert Series, Music Africa is committed to enhancing appreciation and awareness of African music among Canadians and continues to strive to establish Toronto as a thriving global center for African music.

About AFROFEST
AFROFEST is the largest free African Music Festival in North America. The festival ignites the spirit of African culture in the heart of Toronto, one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. AFROFEST seeks to share the rich and diverse expressions of African music and culture in an inclusive, vibrant and positive community festival setting. Through AFROFEST, a diverse audience celebrates the abundant energy of African music in an effort to cultivate community spirit and enhance the understanding and appreciation of the diverse people of Africa.

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