Family, friends and fans turned up at the Lula Lounge on Thursday, July 2nd to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Ken Stowar's show, Global Rhythms. The radio show, which airs Sundays from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm on CIUT 89.5 FM was one of the few that programmed international music in the late '80s. I don't think the term "world music", however vague that phrase is, was even in existence at the time. The music industry didn't know what to call music from Africa, Cuba, Jamaica, Hungary etc and Toronto record stores (remember vinyl was still in) didn't really carry much of it. We are, after all, taking about 1989 when the Top 40 included hits by Belinda Carlisle, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Rick Astley.
Thank you Ken for bringing us Afro-beat, Zydeco, Hungarian throat singing, and numerouis other forms of music from the around the globe. Thanks also for hosting emerging artists on your show. I have learned much from you over the years, "Mr. Global Rhythms".
Photos by donna g: (left) Los Caballeros del Son, Babalao Stereo Club, Hosts, Lise Watson & Andy Frank (right) Femi of Femi Abosede & Culture Force