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Gerima HarveyOshungoRaechele LovellShaka Zulu
Gerima Harvey, Percussionist

 

 

 

Gerima Harvey

Gerima Harvey lives in a world where love reigns and where he hopes there is always an abundance of music lovers to collaborate with. He hears the beat of yonder drummers and possesses a unique gift of being able to gel with any art form and artist.

He has been channeling musical prowess since infancy.  From plates, tin-cans and plastic containers, he now expresses his ideas and emotions through a variety of drums, other percussion instruments and vocals.

This dynamic soloist is a member of many musical relationships. In Canada he plays with Baro Dununba, a West African Drumming group, J Collective, Alysha Brilla, Ekhaya, Errol Blackwood and others. In Jamaica he’s jammed with Earl Chinna Smith, Fab 5, The Congos, Italee Watson, Tony Rebel and a few others.

He launched his first CD, hosted by Saikou Saho of African Drums and Art Crafts, in June 2015. From studio to stage, this magical musical genius inspires everyone, everywhere.

LINKS:

Gerima Musichttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtEQSlA8Ujf54uuheIwq7Ig

Gerima performing with Baro Dunuba: https://www.facebook.com/luciana.brown.18/videos/1021594271250928/

oshungo

Oshungo

Oshungo Drum & Dance collective consists of professional drummers and dancers from diverse backgrounds infusing traditional African and Caribbean rhythms and dance with original creations. Their intent is to share cultural experiences from West Africa and the Caribbean by expressing the joy of drum and dance with children, teachers, the community and the world.

Afro-Caribbean Dance with Raechele Lovell

Raechele Lovell

Raechele Lovell is a dynamic performing artist with a passion for dance education. She currently works primarily as a dance instructor and choreographer at Star Performance Academy. While her focus is currently on being a Mom, she occasionally accepts professional contracts as a singer/dancer/actor in film, TV, theatre, and corporate/commercial events. Please contact Raechele via email at raechele@me.com for booking information. She aims to inspire youth to express themselves through the arts as a positive representation of who they are and who they can become, as well as to touch the lives of people from all walks of life and bring them together through artistic expression. Currently seeking collaborators, investors and opportunities to showcase choreography.

Shaka Zulu

Shaka Zulu

Shaka Zulu

Jeffrey Cummins (aka Shaka Zulu) was born in Barbados and spent 13 years living in Holland where he performed extensively all over Europe including countries such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France Belgium, Spain, Holland, Estonia and Italy. He was involved in many aspects of the entertainment industry including performing African dance, African drumming, fire shows, dance choreography, and costume design/creation. He now resides in K-W where he continues to perform African dance, African drumming, and Fire Shows at various festivals and for private parties. He also teaches group and private salsa lessons at the Flying Dog (Waterloo), The Guanaquita Restaurant (Kitchener) and his own studio (BlackJack Designs and Entertainment at 283 Duke St W, unit 338, blackjack66@msn.com). Jeffrey has a passion for entertainment and making people smile. You won`t want to miss his performance, especially his fire show. His fun and crazy interactive style will keep you entertained and amazed.

Sunday

Gerima HarveyOshungoRaechele LovellShaka Zulu

Gerima Harvey

Gerima Harvey, Percussionist Gerima Harvey lives in a world where love reigns and where he hopes there is always an abundance of music lovers to collaborate with. He hears the beat of yonder drummers and possesses a unique gift of being able to gel with any art form and artist. He has been channeling musical prowess since infancy.  From plates, tin-cans and plastic containers, he now expresses his ideas and emotions through a variety of drums, other percussion instruments and vocals. This dynamic soloist is a member of many musical relationships. In Canada he plays with Baro Dununba, a West African Drumming group, J Collective, Alysha Brilla, Ekhaya, Errol Blackwood and others. In Jamaica he’s jammed with Earl Chinna Smith, Fab 5, The Congos, Italee Watson, Tony Rebel and a few others. He launched his first CD, hosted by Saikou Saho of African Drums and Art Crafts, in June 2015. From studio to stage, this magical musical genius inspires everyone, everywhere.   LINKS: Gerima Music: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtEQSlA8Ujf54uuheIwq7Ig Gerima performing with Baro Dunuba: https://www.facebook.com/luciana.brown.18/videos/1021594271250928/

oshungo

Oshungo

Oshungo Drum & Dance collective consists of professional drummers and dancers from diverse backgrounds infusing traditional African and Caribbean rhythms and dance with original creations. Their intent is to share cultural experiences from West Africa and the Caribbean by expressing the joy of drum and dance with children, teachers, the community and the world.

Afro-Caribbean Dance with Raechele Lovell Raechele Lovell is a dynamic performing artist with a passion for dance education. She currently works primarily as a dance instructor and choreographer at Star Performance Academy. While her focus is currently on being a Mom, she occasionally accepts professional contracts as a singer/dancer/actor in film, TV, theatre, and corporate/commercial events. Please contact Raechele via email at raechele@me.com for booking information. She aims to inspire youth to express themselves through the arts as a positive representation of who they are and who they can become, as well as to touch the lives of people from all walks of life and bring them together through artistic expression. Currently seeking collaborators, investors and opportunities to showcase choreography.
Shaka Zulu

Shaka Zulu

Shaka Zulu

Jeffrey Cummins (aka Shaka Zulu) was born in Barbados and spent 13 years living in Holland where he performed extensively all over Europe including countries such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France Belgium, Spain, Holland, Estonia and Italy. He was involved in many aspects of the entertainment industry including performing African dance, African drumming, fire shows, dance choreography, and costume design/creation. He now resides in K-W where he continues to perform African dance, African drumming, and Fire Shows at various festivals and for private parties. He also teaches group and private salsa lessons at the Flying Dog (Waterloo), The Guanaquita Restaurant (Kitchener) and his own studio (BlackJack Designs and Entertainment at 283 Duke St W, unit 338, blackjack66@msn.com). Jeffrey has a passion for entertainment and making people smile. You won`t want to miss his performance, especially his fire show. His fun and crazy interactive style will keep you entertained and amazed.

Acoustic Steel

Acoustic Steel Steelband

Acoustic Steel is a four member steel band. The musicians are Carol Taylor on first pan (melody); Cheryl Dietrich on double seconds (harmony); Rob Hartung on cello (bass), and Dick Smith, arranger, percussionist and vocalist. The band started playing together two years ago and plays a diverse selection of songs suited to the unique sound of the pan and rhythms of the Caribbean. Carol, Cheryl and Rob were originally introduced to the steel pan by Joe Lovell of Traces Steelband.    

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Jerry Jerome and the Cardells

Jerry Jerome and the Cardells are a Toronto based Calypso steel pan group who have spent years spreading the spice and warmth of the Caribbean to Toronto and beyond!

 

 

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Tropical Steelband

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Saturday, August 26

1 PM – 8:00PM

CommandoDJ's SoundscapeEKhaya World BandGerima & FriendsGillie GenesisJay HarmonyLainey

Commando Ugudo

CommandoMy name is Clement Julious Ugudo, AKA Commando. I was born on January 1, 1981 in Wau, South Sudan. In 1983 a war broke out in Sudan. Since that time, we were always in constant fear and running to the forests for our safety from being killed by rebels, or the Government fighters. Therefore, we moved to a village, and moved back to Wau. In 1998, Wau was attacked from Sudanese occupation force and burned down the city. During that time I was just a boy playing outside in a field with other children when we heard the rockets attack. We tried to run home, but people were running in one direction. Consequently, we ran straight to bushes and we could not stop we continue running through the bushes until we met an old man who told us not to go back to the city because we can get killed or you will be forced to become a soldier. So he told us run through the bushes until you find a safe city. We did not have any other alternatives rather than running through jungles, fields, rivers and we almost starved to death. That journey took us three months to reach Kenyan border. Therefore, we were rescued by United Nations at Lokishoki Kenya and Sudan border. We got registered and we waited there for three weeks. Eventually we were transferred to Kakuma Camp. In 2001, I came to Canada and I was taken to Calgary, AB. In Alberta I started working and schooling. In 2009 I managed to go to studio to record my first song. My music is mostly about my life’s story. In addition, music is my talent and the tool that I am using to put my message out there. Since I moved to Kitchener  in 2012, I connected with the Southern Sudanese Community here and now I am able to establish myself as a musician in the community. I am now working on an Album to be released. I have been working with the youth in the community helping them participate in community activities. I am working with them to use my music to tell my story and create a sense of belonging for those who feel isolated. You can check me out on youtube by “Commando Ugudo”, Facebook Is “Young Commando”.

DJ’s Soundscape

  • Jahbama — Nigeria and Zimbabwe
  • DJ Tripp D — Caribbean
  • DJ Blacks — Caribbean

EKhaya World Band

EKhaya World Band

EKhaya World Band

The sound of eKhaya is a merging of music from far and near, the sounds of many nations, a true musical tapestry of: Reggae, Afro-beat, Rock, Jit and Chimurenga. It is both old and new, and invites you to find your own rhythm and dance. Forever spotting a wide smile, the charismatic entertainer declares “I entertain myself every time I walk on stage…Everybody else is welcome to join me for the fun ride…that is the eKhaya style”, and what a ride.  Throughout Ontario and beyond, as far away as Zimbabwe, Africa his native land, audiences are captivated by  the warm engaging stage presence and a charismatic music style urging them to their feet,  to shake loose and dance inhibitions away. Performances at Festivals such as KW Multicultural Fest, LINK Picnic Fest, Milton Street Fest and Island Soul @ the Harbour Front Center have garnered critical media and audience acclaim. Setting down a marker for more things to come, eKhaya has quickly climbed up the reggae /world beats charts in Southwestern Ontario to the number 1 spot, firmly establishing the eKhaya music style on an upwards trajectory.

Gerima & Friends

Gerima

Gerima

Gerima Harvey brings over 30 years of musical genius to everywhere that needs his drumming magic. He’s a dynamic soloist, a member of a few bands and many musical relationships.

Gillie Genesis

Gillie Genesis

Gillie Genesis

As a young man, Gilbert Spence, aka Gillie Genesis, was told that he would walk with kings, but not only did he walk with legends, he became one! Genesis journeyed from a small Gospel group in Jamaica to experience international circuits, the greatest festivals, venues and stages like Australia’sEast Coast Blues and Roots Festival, Denmark’sRoskilda Rock Festival, Switzerland’s Montruex Jazz Festival, USA’s The House of Blues and the Bonnaroo Festival, Hollywood’s Jerry Lee Lewis Telethon, and as the headlining act, he made history as a member of the first Reggae Band to play The Hollywood Bowl. Genesis toured with bands like the Congos, theAbyssinians, Chaka Demus & Pliers and was band leader for the multi-Grammy award-winning band, the Burning Spear. Currently in Canada, he’s collaborating with a team of international musicians, engineers and producers to launch his own Production Company, Primrox Music. Together they work with promising artists like eKhaya, the African reggae band that’s already creating a stir.

Jay Harmony (aka Jay Davis) Jay Harmony at LINK Picnic Festival Jay Harmony’s beautifully crafted sound is a reflection of her many inspirations and her innate ability to master genres from R&B and reggae to house, jazz, hip-hop and soul. Inspired by artists like Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna, Beyoncé, The Beatles, Elton John, Bob Marley, Beres Hammond, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, John legend, Etta James, R. Kelly and Prince;  Jay recognizes that those artists have all had an impact on the music she I writes and performs. Some by their ability to write hit songs, others for their performance styles, and their captivating vocal abilities.” Now a college professor with a passion for music, Jay Harmony’s thirst for anything musical was started in the church and continues grow as her focus is to become an international touring artists.  The last 5 years have been phenomenal. From performing at prestigious galas and Board of Trade’s events, to winning several urban music awards, to being a semi-finalist for CHIN. Jay Harmony has taken her love and appreciation for music to new heights. Fans across Canada have enjoyed Jay Harmony’s performances at various events in popular venues including the Rogers Centre, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the CNE, Rose Theatre and the legendary Massey Hall. Jay Harmony continues to carve her own niche. She refuses to be relegated to any box. A singer and a songwriter, Jay Harmony’s talent is undeniable. She is a breath of fresh air and has the makings of a mainstream and international phenomenon.  The winner of many music and entertainment awards, Jay Harmony is also the recipient of the “Raymond McKnight award of “Dedication and Excellence in Music”. She is one of Toronto’s most sought after entertainers and she is on a mission to share her talent with the world. In Jay’s words, “Music is therapeutic and it is seems to be as much therapy for me as it is for the people who appreciate my music. Literally, music is my only drug. I get high on music and I’m inspired to write about my experiences because I have found that they are never unique. Others can always relate and in many instances take comfort in listening to my melodic interpretations of love, growth, perseverance, the world and supporting others.” Two albums to her credit Jay Harmony shows no sign of slowing down. On Oct. 2015 she released her debut album “No Giving Up”, and Oct. 10, 2016, she released her sophomore album “Ever Present”. Both albums are great inspiration; motivating others to pursue their dreams with undying passion.  These albums are a testament of Jay’s vocal ability and her lyrical prowess. Albums are available on iTunes and all online music distributors. Connect with Jay Harmony: Website: www.jayharmony.com                                     Twitter: @JayHarmonyMusic Email: jaysharmony@hotmail.com                                 Phone: 416-556-2899 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JayHarmonyMusic/ Instagram: JayHarmonyMusic

Lainey

Lainey

Lainey

Have sung a few times at the Boa Nova Restaurant with Tim Louis, recently sang in a talent contest on the Smooth Jazz Cruise out of Fort Lauderdale. In past performed in The King and I at the Centre in the Square, 2 Jazz musicals, Aint Misbehavin’ and Bubbling Brown Sugar, and performed at private functions. Hoping to have my own band in the not too distant future. Lainey is accompanied by Len McCarthy on keyboards.

Sunday, August 27

12 Noon – 7:00PM

Acoustic SteelAileen BennettCommandoErrol Blackwood InjahbandTiki Mercury-ClarkeTony Anthony
Acoustic Steel Steelband

Acoustic Steel

Acoustic Steel

Acoustic Steel is a four member steel band. The musicians are Carol Taylor on first pan (melody); Cheryl Dietrich on double seconds (harmony); Rob Hartung on cello (bass), and Dick Smith, arranger, percussionist and vocalist. The band started playing together two years ago and plays a diverse selection of songs suited to the unique sound of the pan and rhythms of the Caribbean. Carol, Cheryl and Rob were originally introduced to the steel pan by Joe Lovell of Traces Steelband.  

Aileen Bennett

Aileen Bennett

Aileen Bennett

Aileen Bennett is a Gospel singer who resides in Kitchener. She loves acting in  live theater productions,  writing songs, oil painting  and gardening.  She’s acted in many local musical productions under the direction of Mr. Gordon Davies. 

She been in TV shows ( ie) Little Mosque on the Prairies, and Extras  in movies like The Love Ghuru, The Princess, The time traveller’s wife etc. Great being a participant in the annual Link Picnic.

Commando Ugudo

CommandoMy name is Clement Julious Ugudo, AKA Commando. I was born on January 1, 1981 in Wau, South Sudan. In 1983 a war broke out in Sudan. Since that time, we were always in constant fear and running to the forests for our safety from being killed by rebels, or the Government fighters. Therefore, we moved to a village, and moved back to Wau. In 1998, Wau was attacked from Sudanese occupation force and burned down the city. During that time I was just a boy playing outside in a field with other children when we heard the rockets attack. We tried to run home, but people were running in one direction. Consequently, we ran straight to bushes and we could not stop we continue running through the bushes until we met an old man who told us not to go back to the city because we can get killed or you will be forced to become a soldier. So he told us run through the bushes until you find a safe city. We did not have any other alternatives rather than running through jungles, fields, rivers and we almost starved to death. That journey took us three months to reach Kenyan border. Therefore, we were rescued by United Nations at Lokishoki Kenya and Sudan border. We got registered and we waited there for three weeks. Eventually we were transferred to Kakuma Camp. In 2001, I came to Canada and I was taken to Calgary, AB. In Alberta I started working and schooling. In 2009 I managed to go to studio to record my first song. My music is mostly about my life’s story. In addition, music is my talent and the tool that I am using to put my message out there. Since I moved to Kitchener  in 2012, I connected with the Southern Sudanese Community here and now I am able to establish myself as a musician in the community. I am now working on an Album to be released. I have been working with the youth in the community helping them participate in community activities. I am working with them to use my music to tell my story and create a sense of belonging for those who feel isolated. You can check me out on youtube by “Commando Ugudo”, Facebook Is “Young Commando”.

Errol Blackwood Injahband

Errol Blackwood Injahband

Errol Blackwood Injahband

SINGER, SONGWRITER, MUSICIAN In 1988, Errol started a band named Injah, playing several clubs and concerts touring across Canada and the USA.

FOCUS Magazine (Toronto) – had this to say about Errol:

The Skipah is a product of the courageous Maroons. He is a serious Rastaman. Errol’s faith is the driving force in his life. It characterizes his being. With his sporting majestic dreadlocks, he pens plays and sings out his hunger for Justice and Equal Rights. He is certainly one of the hardest working entertainers in Canada today.

The Kitchener Record Newspaper (SHOWCASE) – had this to say:

Errol has a voice full of richness and is a masterful bass player. Errol sings of struggle, love and life, all with the same positive feeling. Not only does he write excellent songs, but he has also masterminded video renditions of his material. A performance by Errol and his band Injah transcends mere playing, taking you on an appealing versatile and spiritual trip through the heartbeat of reggae.

Visit Errol’s websites: www.errolblackwood.com www.indiejungle.xbuild.com

Errol Blackwood CD https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-gospel-gun/id111660757?i=111660227

video for Irie Dread and medly Special Effect http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnCkkFaG8TA

Errol Blackwood performing at Kitchener City Hall https://youtu.be/8UvobliIQsE

Tiki Mercury-Clarke

Jazz icon Tiki Mercury-Clarke Sunday at LINK Picnic Festival

Jazz icon Tiki Mercury-Clarke

Tiki Mercury-Clarke, who history will record as one of the all-time greatest Canadian jazz artists, is a multi-talented Canadian-born singer-pianist, storyteller, lyricist, composer and cultural historian.  She has become a keeper of Afrikan ancestral wisdom, and, in harmony with tradition, a vessel for the often hard to find, authentic, Afrikan North American musical expression called jazz. Tiki was born into a church-going musical family, and like many jazz greats had her early musical training ‘Come Sunday Morning’. She was greatly inspired by her grandfather, a church minister and scholar, and credits the quality time spent with him with fueling her lifelong desire to study Afrikan history and cultural expressions. Tiki’s tremendous talent was recognized early and before long she was a favourite of the Ontario church communities. As a young singer and musician she honed her skills fronting local bands, amazing listeners with vocal skills well beyond her years. It is her superb vocals that even today define her sound. Her supple voice with its three and a half octave vocal range, the result of a god-given gift well-trained through years of intense practice, can be in a moment pure and piercing, and in the next a romantic whisper, and still yet a raspy lament. It can swing a standard or caress a ballad. It can belt out blues and soul and soar in a moment from a low tenor purr to a sweet coloratura soprano. Tiki can be described as a superior song stylist and her creative and witty versions of songs are loved and appreciated by audiences wherever she plays. As if this is not enough talent for one human being, Tiki accompanies herself with a strong piano playing style, complete with the harmonic structures, polyrhythmic figures, and the left- and right-hand independence that is the cornerstone of jazz excellence. In a an extensive career defined by excellence, Tiki has appeared on stage in theatrical, nightclub, cabaret and concert settings and appeared in TV, film and radio productions. Tiki has produced her own storytelling performance “The Reading Train”, and wrote the music for the TV Ontario video “Changing Futures”; both endeavors deal with the topic of adult illiteracy. In addition to releasing “Lift Every Voice and Sing!: The Roots of Gospel Music”, a three disc labour of love detailing the history of Spirituals and its creators, Tiki ensured gospel music’s recognition in the Canadian recording industry by creating and developing the Gospel Music category for the Canadian JUNO awards, and chairing the JUNO Gospel Music Advisory Committee for its first two years. Tiki has presented her original solo performances in the Americas, Africa, and Asia, showcasing her special blend of dynamic, moving vocals, riveting piano accompaniment, and a sensibility steeped in Afrikan North American cultural traditions. www.tikimercuryclarke.com promotes her artistic talents and creations and makes them available online for bookings and/or purchase.  Whether an evening of sultry and edgy jazz, a storytelling presentation or a lecture, any performance by Tiki Mercury-Clarke demonstrates why she has been called “the crown jewel in Canada’s diadem of divas.” “I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl” “Falling In Love With Love” www.tikimercuryclarke.com/  

Tony Anthony at LINK Picnic Festival

Tony Anthony

Mark Bennett, aka “Tony Anthony” was born in St Catherine, Jamaica. He started pursuing singing at the age of 14, when his meeting with reggae crooner Glen Washington at a high school concert became the catalyst for his entry into music. In his early years he honed his skills in Jamaica as a guitarist and vocalist in award-winning reggae band Crucial Vibes; working alongside reggae icons such as Freddie Mcgregor, Cocoa Tea, Junior Reid, Delroy Wilson, Jackie Mitoo, Foundations, Jack Ruby and Sugar Minott to name a few. In 1992 Tony Anthony migrated to Canada and formed the reggae outfit Tatix who went on to win numerous Canadian reggae music awards and gained a JUNO award nomination in 1996 for the album “Time Bomb”. The following year he was recruited to be a member of soul group After Dark With whom he flexed his songwriting flair and his vocal magic to their first single “Took me for  Granted” which became a hit on the Canadian and European dance scene. Tony wrote most of the songs on the group’s acclaimed debut album “After Dark.” In 2007 Tony Anthony returned to his reggae roots recording two singles “Mark and the Beast” and “Yuh Nuh Simple” that immediately made an impact and won him world acclaim as both songs were heavily rotated and charted on reggae radio worldwide. In 2010 Tony Anthony independently released his first solo album “Million Chance”. The album and 3 singles  “Torn”, “Bad News” and “Love you so much” all topped reggae charts in Canada, Jamaica, Italy, Kenya, Gambia, Holland, New York, Florida, and The U.S Virgin Islands. The album debut on the Italian reggae album charts on February 15th 2011 and remained for one year. “Million Chance” was nominated in the “Best Reggae Recording” category in the 2011 JUNO Awards and he also got a nomination at the 2011 EME Awards in Jamaica in the “Break through artist of the year” category. That same year at the 2011 Canadian Reggae Music Achievement Awards Tony Anthony won the awards for “Best male vocalist”, “Best songwriter”, “Best single” and “Best Reggae Album”. In 2012 Tony Anthony and top reggae producer Kemar “Flava” Mcgregor produced and released his celebrated EP “Blessed Love” which includes hit singles “Living in Glory” and “Settle Down”. That same year he continued to bring his music to the world touring the U.S.A, Canada, the Caribbean and embarked on a European tour with stops at the Exit Festival in Serbia, Slovenia, Montenegro and Holland to rave reviews. Tony Anthony sophomore album “Live To The Fullest” was released late 2014. He  toured Europe for eight weeks performing in countries like Belgium, Holland, Germany, England and France to much acclaim. The songs on this album continue to highlight and coagulate the essence of his lyrical and vocal potency and it’s a matter of time before he is rightly rated alongside the best in reggae music. His latest single “Today I’m Gonna Try and Change the World” is presently on regular rotation on radio in Canada, creating waves worldwide and topping charts in Jamaica, New York and Texas. More about Tony Anthony SOCIAL MEDIA: www.reverbnation.com/tonyanthonymusic www.facebook.com/marktonyanthonybennett www.twitter.com/tonyanthonymuze www.instagram.com/tonyanthonymuze