2018 Artists

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Drumming Village

Gerima Harvey

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.

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

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

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

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.

Steelpan Yard

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.
Tropical Steelband

Tropical Steelband

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Main Stage

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Sunday, August 26

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Commando

My 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”.

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.

EKhaya World Band

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.

 Jay Harmony (aka Jay Davis).Jay Harmony at LINK Picnic FestivalHarmony’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 distributorsConnect 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

DJ’s Soundscape

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

Straight from the motherland, Ugandan-born Mubarack Mbulahinyindi started his journey at a young age and has been dedicated to it ever since. By participating in many different groups, his skills in music became prominent the more he was taught and the more he practiced. Mubarack’s talents are not limited to singing, drumming and dancing, he can also choreograph.

The passion in his craft is real. Music is a strong influencer in his very being. It creates a sense of calmness in the mind and soul, a feeling he hopes he can share with everyone else.

Also being an educator, his students are also a very important aspect of his life. When training, focusing on the person is very important in order to help them reach their full potential.

As Mubarack graces the stage today, we hope that we can share the peace that music has brought into his life and we hope you catch a glimpse of what Ugandan culture brings to the table.  

Acoustic Steel Steelband

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.

Commando
My 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

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

Children’s Village

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Joga United

Joga United

Soccer Demonstration

Joga teaches values and leadership through music and soccer. Joga is a two-time Canadian National soccer champion, motivational speaker, singer, songwriter, and music producer.

For information regarding bookings, album purchases, production, or future projects such as Joga’s Producer Challenge please email us @ info@jogaunited.com.

 

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