Afrofest 2009, a two day festival at Queen's Park in Toronto featured African culture, food, music, and crafts. There are so many festivals during the summer in Toronto that I almost missed a classic performer, and for free!
I've always been deeply moved by the music of Mali. Oumou Sangare was born in 1968 in Bamako, the capital of Mali, her family, though, was from Wassoulou, in the southwestern region of the landlocked African country of Mali. When I noticed that she was the final headliner of Afrofest 2009, I grabbed my camera and jumped on the Spadina subway and headed south to Queen's Park.
As amazing cooking smells drifted over the festival grounds the vibrantly clad crowd gravitated towards the Main Stage as evening crept in. A warm summer night, a free concert, what more can you ask for?
Well we got more! First-class sound from a tight and virtuoso band backed up Oumou's wonderful voice and her energetic dancers.