Ana Moura in Concert
April 5 - 7:30pm
McIntyre Performing Arts Centre
135 Fennel Ave W.
• Get tickets online here
Here's a taste of what's coming up very soon:
Portuguese Fado star Ana Moura's video for the song Até ao Verão (music & lyrics by Márcia Santos) from the album Desfado - just released in late 2012.
Whether you're already a fan of fado or not, you'll appreciate her superb vocals on this song.
Hamilton Youth Steelpan Orchestra
Hy Tea Party
April 7, 2013
Worker's Arts & Heritage Centre
51 Stuart Street, Hamilton, ON
Here at Matapa Music & Arts Organization, we were blown away by the Hamilton Youth Steelpan Orchestra when they played for the opening launch party of our Roots en Route Festival just last month.
You can enjoy more of their music at an event they're planning soon. Join the HYSO for an afternoon of tea, goodies and music April 7.
What Is Fado?
Matapa Music & Arts Organization Presents:
International Recording Star Ana Moura in Concert
April 5, 2013
at the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre
Mohawk College - Hamilton, Ontario
• Get Tickets Here
Fado is Portugal's gift to the world of music, a unique vocal and musical style that is an internationally recognized treasure; on November 27, 2011 Fado was inscribed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.
Its origins are uncertain but known to trace back through centuries of Portugal's mix of cultures. Many scholars believe that its roots lie in the songs of the Moors who stayed in the area of Lisbon even after it was recaptured by Christian knights during the Crusades. Others believe it began to develop more properly with the arrival of Brazilian slaves to the city of Lisbon in the 1820's. Amália da Piedade Rodrigues - (1920-1999 known as the Queen of Fado - sang a song, called "The Black Boat", which talks about a senzala (a place where the slaves were kept). Thematically, others have also pointed out its links to the medieval culture of minstrels and traveling musicians and their songs of love and political satire.
In Lisbon and Porto, two of the major scenes for Fado, the classic symbols of the art form are the black shawl and a Portuguese guitar and traditionally, Fado singers did wear black, in keeping with its often sad and bluesy mood. Whether it came from occupied Moors, Brazilian slaves or the rigors of medieval life, Fado is characterized by a melancholic style and delivery. The name itself comes from the Latin fatum, meaning fate - but this is the kind of destiny and fate over which you have no control and which most often brings you what you didn't want. Its heart talks about the inescapable nature of that destiny and of the triumph of passion over reason. Songs often talked about the mercurial sea, poverty, lost love and death.
Fado became even more popular with the innovation of the radio in the 20th century. After political upheaval and the 1974 Revolution in Portugal, it began to truly take its place in the lexicon of popular music and in the last 20 years, has taken its rightful place in the international stage, becoming a favourite with audiences the world over.
Ana Moura is one of a young generation of Fado singers. Some of the other major names in Fado include Amália Rodrigues, Carlos do Carmo, Mariza, Mafalda Arnauth and Cristina Branco.
with Mohamed N'Diaye
in concert at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts
February 23, 2013
Senegalese griot Zal Sissokho mesmerized audiences of kids and adults alike yesterday with his playing and charmed them with his smiling personality.
Here is a taste of first the children's workshop in the afternoon:
The concert later in the evening, with Guinean multi-instrumentalist Mohamed N'Diaye. The two of them played together in way that you could only describe as seamless and amazing - in the true sense of the word.
Tich Maredza Band at Artword Artbar
Earlier tonight (February 21, 2013)
Here's a taste of what you missed if you weren't there with us earlier tonight at Artword Artbar for music (and some conversation too). L-R: Larry Lewis (guitar), Tich Maredza (guitar, vocals, composer), Sam Petite (upright bass).
- Tich and the band are in the process of recording an album. If you'd like to support their efforts - let us know.
at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts
A Closer Look at this Artist:
Not all West African musicians are griots, the conveyers of the oral traditions of the Kouyaté, Diabaté and Sissokho castes, the three major family groups that continue to hand down the memory of the Mandingo peoples. Others such as Gaolo warriors are often mistakenly ennobled, here in Canada, with the title of griot.
Be that as it may, Zal Idrissa Sissokho has not only the name but also the traditions and background of this culture, in addition to an incredible talent for improvisation. Zal plays the kora and sings melodies, in both the Malinke and Wolof languages, that are inspired by or that borrow from the traditions of West Africa. He arrived in Montreal in 1999, and received a professional development grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec in 2001. Zal Idrissa Sissokho very quickly established a solid reputation on the Montreal music scene. He performs solo and also with many different groups such as Les frères Diouf, Fakhass Sico, Lilison di Kinara, Takatja and Muna Mingole, and has played on the albums of IKS, Hart Rouge, Lousnak and Les frères Diouf.
In 2004 Zal formed the Afro-Mandingo group Buntalo, whose name refers to the crystal-clear sound of the kora, which charms the ear from the very first note. This 21-string African harp blends magnificently with contemporary Western music, which is why Buntalo, whose repertoire includes original compositions and Mandingo classics sung in Malinke and Wolof, presents a modern sound while preserving the authenticity of these centuries-old pieces.
Zal released his latest CD, le Partage in 2012.
Here's a video to check out:
February 21, 2013
at ARTWORD Artbar
• Tickets available at the venue
Swooping down from the vast Zimbabwean plains, Tichaona Daniel Maredza, a guitar in one hand, a drum in the other, and an mbira in his teeth, arrived in Toronto in 2008. Singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, he quickly formed a group in December 2009. The Tich Maredza Band hit the circuit hard, veterans in a matter of months.
Tich's music, while rooted in Zimbabwean traditional styles, has a contemporary flair with vital drive and melodic intelligence. Indoors, outdoors, concert hall or dance hall, The Tich Maredza Band puts smiles on faces and feet on the floor. Two Zimbabweans, two US expats, and one Colombian make up this polyrhythmic Toronto ensemble of drums and guitars. Narrated and sung in Shona and English, Tich's music chronicles the struggles and triumphs of his journey, in music and life.
While the TMB is presently working on honing material for a new album entitled "The Journey." Tich has released two previous albums, "Eternity Music Volume One," recorded in Australia, and "Ndinzweiwo," recorded in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Tich has shared the stage with and opened for Oliver Mtukudzi and the late Samson Mtukudzi several times in the US and Canada and played with Thomas Mapfumo in Toronto in 2011. He draws inspiration from their leadership and music. You'll find the Tich Maredza Band on Facebook, Myspace, and YouTube.
Music & Memories with John Ellison
Some Kind of Wonderful: The John Ellison Story
co-written with Jon Wells
The Worker's Arts & Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario
February 18, 2013
• the book is available in Kindle version on Amazon.ca
• In paperback
• John Ellison's music on iTunes
• Available locally at Bryan Prince Bookseller (1060 King Street West, Hamilton)
John Ellison's life story is one marked by struggles and marred by racism but he emerged last night as a warm and gifted performer. He went effortlessly from sharing stories from his life to playing with a delicacy and subtle touch. If you liked him before, you came out of the evening a real fan and if you're not familiar with his work you need to check it out.
Matapa President Sharlee Reimer with opening remarks.
With our Executive Director Filimone Mabjaia
John talks about how he wrote that huge hit and plays a bit for us:
February 17, 2013
Part of the Roots en Route Festival
In the afternoon, Wesli led a kids & parents drumming circle as part of a free workshop at the Hamilton Conservatory for the arts.
Later in the evening, he wowed a full house with his high energy brand of Haitian roots/Afrobeat/reggae/funk, a blend that he makes uniquely his own. He's a dazzling guitarist and accompanied only by a drummer and dancer/vocalist, they produced a full sound and had everyone dancing in front of the stage.
John Ellison - Music & Memories
with co-author Jon Wells
Monday, February 18, 2013
co-presented with Bryan Prince Bookseller at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre - 51 Stuart Street, Hamilton
a FREE event
Born in a poor coal mining village in West Virginia, John Ellison is probably best known for that pop-rock classic, 'Some Kind of Wonderful'. He's been a professional musician since the 1960's, his big hit has been recorded by over 50 different artists.
He was a member of the South Brothers Six until they broke up in the 1970's and has continued to record and perform as a solo act. He received his Canadian citizenship in 2006 is and now a dual citizen of Canada and the U.S. and now makes Hamilton his home. He has won Hamilton Music Awards and the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.
He wrote his autobiography with writer Jon Wells and "Some Kind of Wonderful: The John Ellison Story" was released in July 2012. His story delves into the racism and violence he encountered in his life alongwith his songwriting process.
Join us for an evening of music and memories.
Roots en Route Festival
Update - February 16, 2013
We're in the news again! Check out this link to VIEW Magazine's interview with Board Member Annette Paiement and Executive Director Filimone Mabjaia:
Tonight - don't miss thle second performance of Langston Hughes vs. Joe McCarthy at the ARTWORD ARTBAR - 7:30pm
Tomorrow night, it's Wesli at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts and on Monday night, an evening of Music & Memories with John Ellison at the Worker's Arts & Heritage Centre.
And don't forget that George Qua-Enoo's photography exhibition will be on view at Radius Cafe until February 27.
See you soon!
Roots en Route - Theatre
One of the things we're most excited about when it comes to the Roots en Route Festival is the diversity of arts that are represented along with the diversity of perspectives.
On February 14 & 16, a remarkable exchange between Langston Hughes, Poet of the Harlem Renaissance and Senator Joe McCarthy, who had summoned Hughes before his notorious Committee investigating suspected Communist subversion in the United States.
Ronald Weihs evokes the exchange by interweaving music and dramatic reading using the actual transcripts as a basis for his research. It should be a fascinating evening!
Thursday, February 14th and Saturday, February 16th at 7:30pm
Theatre - Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy a dramatic reading
Venue: ARTWORD ARTBAR (15 Colbourne Street - west off James Street North, one block south of Barton- 905-543-8512 )
Tickets $10 in advance/$15 at the door/$8 for Matapa members
in Concert February 17, 2013
• Tix on sale now!
Radio-Canada (CBC) Revelation of the year 2009/2010, Babel Med Music Award in France and Nominee for the Canadian Folk Music Awards and Gala Soba in the World Solo Artist of the Year category. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haïti, Wesley Louissaint aka Wesli built his first guitar at eight years old out of an old NGO provided oil can and a nylon shing line. Raised in a family counting seven children cramped in a household where music was omnipresent, it soon became second nature to him as well as a way to escape his surroundings.
He began his musical adventure by joining his neighbourhood church gospel choir and then started playing the guitar which quickly became his main instrument. Encouraged by his father and his older brother Wesli joined Jazz 4ever, an afro-roots quartet with which he gave a few performances throughout Haïti. Working non-stop to hone his skills as it was his only hope for a better quality of life, Wesli got hired as a sideman playing with The Kreyol Mizik Company giving shows with some of the biggest West Indian names of the time ( i.e. Jacky Rapon, Léa Galva, Jocelyn Delormeau, Thierry Cham, Leila Chico, Sonia Derson and the sadly missed Edith Lefeyl). A short while later, he gets a gig with So Kute, a well liked Soul Music band with which he produced and recorded an album which attained a fair measure of success in Haïti.
He immigrated to Canada in 2001 and decided to settle in Montreal where he worked closely with Les Productions Nuits d’Afrique and backed some well known African artists such as Monique Seka, King Mensah, Amadou Sodia, Sekouba Bambino and Hamid Bouchnak among others. Having gained more self condence by letting himself be known and appreciated, Wesli started to collaborate as a composer and a producer with Montreal bred artists such as Sénaya (“Garde la tête haute”, 2005) and Sara Rénélik (“Aube”, 2006). He also worked as a guitarist with Gage, Jodie Rester, Inword, Z’wa, Syncop, Nathalie Choquette, Lorraine Klaasen, Zal Idrissa Sissokho, Pierre-Michel Ménard and Lilison Di Kinara and became the musical director of Troupe Line 1.
Here he is opening up for African reggae legend Alpha Blondy a couple of years ago:
He also performed in several major indoor and outdoor festival events such as The Montreal International Jazz Festival, Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, Quebec’s International Summer Festival, The Chicoutimi World Music Festival, Ottawa’s Urbanfest, Le Festival International des Nuits d’Afrique, the Roots & Culture event in Miami while working at the same time as producer and co-writer and composer on a variety of other musical projects. All this enriching activity added to Wesli’s reputation as an arranger and as a soloist.
His very first album entitled Kouraj (“Courage” - 2009) showed Wesli emerging as one of Montreal’s most exciting new artists. To his talents as a singer and gifted multi-instrumentalist, he is socially engaged and versatile when working as a producer. Wesli delivers high-octane music which is at the same time rich in colour, festive and joyful even as it is also a living testimony to the misery which unfortunately still exists and prevails in Haïti as well as in other French Caribbean, African and too many other countries worldwide.
In December 2011, he released his second album, Liberté dans le noir (on the WUP label) featuring inventives takes on his usual musical mix of Afrobeat, soul, folk, rock and reggae. This time, he's included guest appearances from Boogat, Radio Radio, Mes Aïeux, Paul Cargnello, Karma Atchykah and legendary West African reggae star Tiken Jah Fakoly, for whom he opened up while on the Canadian leg of his tour.
Wesley Louissaint has produced, composed and arranged musical creations for films, including CBC’s documentary about Dany Laferrière. He composed, with Arianne Moffat, Nomadic Massive and Doba, the popular song « Nap chante pou Ayiti » the day after the earthquake in Haiti, on January 12th 2010.
Here's the official video for 'Colonisation' - the song he recorded last year with none other than Tiken Jah Fakoly:
We're SUPER excited about the inaugural Roots en Route Festival coming up February 12 to 27, 2013 in Hamilton, Ontario.
There's a full slate of events available on the Events Page:
We're hoping you'll join us for all of them!
To kick off the festivities, we're inviting everyone to our launch party - featuring a spoken word performance by D-Lishus and the opening of a show of photography by George Qua-Enoo at Radius Cafe.
See you there!
A Taste of our Launch Party!
If you couldn't make it to our Roots en Route Festival Launch Party on February 12, it was covered by Mohawk College's Satellite newspaper:
And on their Ignite News Service, who made this great video clip:
Colombia Meets Canada
January 26, 2013
at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts
First, thanks to all who came out! Here's a taste of what you missed if you weren't with us last night!
First up was classical guitarist Emma Rush, who wowed the crowd with her interpretations of classical pieces - including an avant garde meditation on the flight of a mythical bird from Indian folklore and this piece by Rodrigo:
Then Roberto López and his band got people moving and onto an impromptu dancefloor at the back with his polycultural blend of musical influences, including those irresistable Colombian rhythms.
Then... everyone was on stage at once for a Latin jam.
See you soon! - lots coming up with the Roots en Route Festival February 12 - 27, 2013.
Executive Director Filimone Mabjaia was profiled in the Hamilton Spectator earlier this week!
He talks about Matapa's mission to bring people together with music - check it out at this link:
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Matapa has had to postpone our Dec. 15th Aline Morales and Wesli concert. We will keep you posted on upcoming details.
We are pleased, though, to present Emma Rush and Roberto Lopez on January 26th. Stay tuned for more details and December news!
Here's a quick note about what Matapa's up to. This is an exciting month.
From Nov. 13 to 16, we'll be participating in Canada's 2nd annual world music conference, Mundial Montreal.
Then, on Nov. 24, we'll launch our world music series with Trinity Mpho and Cheri Maracle performing at the Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH), downtown Hamilton. This is sure to be a musical sensation! Hope to see you there!
Roots En Route Festival Launch in Pictures
February 12, 2013 at Radius Cafe (Hamilton, Ontario)
We launched the inaugural Roots en Route Festival last night - February 12, 2013 - and many heartfelt thanks go to the people who packed Radius Cafe to hear performances by the Hamilton Youth Steel Band Orchetra and moving spoken word from D-Lishus and take in the show of compelling photography by George Qua-Enoo. The photographs will be on display and for sale until February 27 with all proceeds going towards the upgrading of a two-room school house in Nzulezo, a rural community in his native Ghana.
Executive Director Filimone Mabjaia:
Being interviewed for Mohawk College's Ignite News:
Sneak Peak #5 – Wazimbo will close the Festival Sunday, July 15 in the Memorial Hall. Humberto Carlos Benfica known as Wazimbo is one of theSneak Peak #5 – Wazimbo will close the Festival Sunday, July 15 in the Memorial Hall. Humberto Carlos Benfica known as Wazimbo is one of the greatest voices of Mozambique and one of the most famous singers of the Mozambican style - Marrabenta.
Full Festival line up announced Monday, April 2; tickets go on sale at the same time.
- Working on some fantastic things for the future! Stay tuned!
- A Great Evening of Music
- Tonight, June 29th, the Kae Sun appears with Christopher Charles and Word Mason at the newly renovated AGH Design Annex, 118 James St. North
- Looking forward to having Wazimbo back in Canada. This weekend Sunfest in London!
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