The SaDunya team and ME, Doggy, are very excited to announce the first of a series of artistic and cultural experiences that will happen in Switzerland,Senegal, France, Canada and USA (for now), leading to SaDunya’s Kingston Arts Festival to take place in Kingston, Ontario (Canada) during the week of June 21st, 2018.
This first experience will take place in Kingston, ON, on May 10th, 2017, and will feature 3 events in one:
SaDunya’s Kingston Arts Festival: Experience #001
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 from 9PM
The Mansion, 506 Princess Street, Kingston, ON K7L 1C5
Admission: 15$-50$ | Infos: 613 531 0003 –
First CONCERT: Exclusive collaboration between UMARO and Doug van der Horden
UMARO (real name OUMAR NDIAYE), was born in Dakar (Senegal) and created the African feeling sound. Umaro has won the Silver World Syli 2009 (Canada). In 2010, Umaro participated in the Sahel Festival and the Black World Festival of Arts and Cultures in Senegal. In 1996, he released his album Hoslu featuring American singer Elizabeth Shipley. Today he is a regular part of the monthly charts and radio playlists. He toured through Europe and plays gigs at most of the big festivals in Senegal.
Zal Sissokho is a real Kora genius. He has always been living in a musical environment and has been playing music since he was 11. He sings and composes in Mandingue and Wolof languages. Respect, man!
He comes from the large and ancient Sissokho family and plays Kora like a spider weaves its web. A music web in which you get caught from the first notes.
Zal Sissokho must be part of these Senegalese artists who aren’t king in their own land, as I have never seen any monument or street with his name in Dakar.
Zal played in numerous countries, on four continents. In Africa, he played in Senegal, South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Morocco. In Asia, he played in India. In North America, he toured in almost all Canadian provinces and cities, including Kingston (Ontario), where the first Prime Minister comes from: Sir John Alexander Macdonald who was a controversial, definitively very unique man!In North America still, my pal Zal also played in the US and Mexico. And finally, in South America, he regularly plays in Brazil. So often even, that Quebeckers have rather make sure that they treat this talented artist really well, otherwise he might very well move there (I hope I’m wrong, though!).
On that windy, rainy night, I was feeling like enjoying some good vibes and company.
I went to Musiikki Café to have a drink, and listen to my friend John Torres. I had discovered him one night in a bar in Kingston. This city offers a quality stage to a multitude of talented musicians. I liked what I heard that night. I also noticed a young guy playing with him. He remembered me of Lenny Kravitz, whom I am a big fan of! NUBS – his stage and record label name since the last year and a half – is a songwriter and composer from Kingston, who has been immersed in BB King’s sound when he was a child. He was born and raised in this pretty city of Ontario, Canada, and has been playing music since 6 years.
I was looking at Sir John Alexander Macdonald’s (Canada first Prime Minister) statue in Kingston (ON) City Park, wondering what he would think about today’s multicultural and colorful Canada. I suddenly heard the unique sound of a djembe in the distance. I followed the music and, in the shade of a tree, I discovered people drumming. Hey, wait! It’s my friend Yessica!
Hey Yessica, I heard you play drums and, (wo)man, you’ve got the beat!
So, tell me, how did you get into drumming?
Today, I decided to fly again to Switzerland (article in French) to meet a self-taught photographer so that he could tell me more about his passion. The entire family insisted on coming with me, because each of them had a question for the photographer. After a 7-hour flight and a couple of air pockets that frightened the youngest ones, we landed in Geneva. After the passport check, we had to wait because of a visa problem. Yes, I had “accidentally” 😉 spilled soda pop on Assane’s visa, which made it hard to read… After lots of talking and our photographer’s intervention, everything was back in order.
Welcome to Switzerland, the country of chocolate and banks (French) (lol)
Paying honour to whom honour is due, the first question is mine.