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Harbourfront Centre's Kuumba Festival

Harbourfront Centre always has great festivals year-round. Here is just a taste of what they have going on during their Kuumba Black History Month Festival. All events are FREE ADMISSION.

Drum Till You Drop!
Barrington Hibbert, a founding member of Baro Dununba: Ancestral Wisdom through Drums, leads a workshop where you’ll learn one rhythm from West Africa (sofa). Sofa (which translates to “warrior”) was originally played on a stringed instrument called a "bolon." Learn the accompanying parts played on the djembe, sangban, kensedeni and dununba.

Brigantine Room, 1:30 p.m, FREE ADMISSION

Soul Power
In 1974, the most celebrated American R&B acts of the time came together with the most renowned musical groups in Africa for a 12-hour, three-night concert held in Kinshasa, Zaire to accompany Ali’s Rumble In The Jungle. Included are performances by James Brown, Manu Dibango, BB King, Miriam Makeba, Bill Withers, Celia Cruz and many others.

Studio Theatre, 6:30 p.m, FREE ADMISSION

An interactive celebration of the art and genius of traditional African
childhood games with award-winning entertainer Kobèna Aquaa-Harrison.

Miss Lou's Room, 1-5 pm, FREE ADMISSION. (Feb. 6th and 7th)

Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae

The remaining great singers and musicians of Jamaica's golden age of music come together after 40 years to record an album of their greatest hits and tell their stories. Featuring a who’s who of reggae icons including Ken Booth, The Tamlins, Stranger Cole, U Roy, Dawn Penn, Derrick Morgan, Ernest Ranglin, Judy Mowatt, Leroy Sibbles, Rita Marley and more!

Studio Theatre, 4 p.m, FREE ADMISSION


Good Hair
Director Jeff Stilson follows Chris Rock on this raucous adventure prompted by Rock's daughter approaching him and asking, "Daddy, how come I don't have good hair?" Haircare professionals, beauty shop and barber shop patrons, as well as celebrities including Ice-T, Nia Long, Paul Mooney, Raven Symoné, Dr. Maya Angelou, Salt n Pepa, Eve and Reverend Al Sharpton all candidly offer their stories and observations to Rock while he struggles with the task of figuring out how to respond to his daughter's question.
Please note: A panel discussion follows the Feb. 13 screening with Ruth Smith (Strictly Roots), Buster Berkley (Amorphous Group) and Asha McLeod (Jazma).

Saturday, February 13, 2010
6:30PM - 8:30PM
Studio Theatre, FREE ADMISSION

Sunday, February 14, 2010
1:00PM - 2:30PM
Studio Theatre, FREE ADMISSION

Northbuck Krumping Performance and Workshop
Krumping is a dance form that originated in South Central Los Angeles and has quickly evolved into a global phenomenon. It's characterized by expressive movements and high energy.

Come learn in a dynamic, enlightening and inclusive place that bridges the gap between learning and contemporary culture.

Everyone: FREE
Saturday, February 13, 2010
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Lakeside Terrace

Sunday, February 14, 2010
2:30PM - 3:30PM
Lakeside Terrace

Urban X-Posure: SoWhatChuSayin'?
This events honours consciousness in rap music and spoken word, featuring an artist showcase and cash prize contest for the most talented conscious wordsmith and raptivist rhymer!

Everyone: FREE
Saturday, February 13, 2010
2:00PM - 5:00PM
Brigantine Room

Rastafari Then & Now: A Message from Jamaica
Nation Cheong, a Rastafarian community youth worker and African drummer, is concerned about youth violence and wonders if the principles and values of Rastafari has something to benefit today's youth.

In Search of Rastafari: A Soul's Journey (sneak peak clip)
Twenty-seven years later, his granddaughter, Donisha Prendergast, is embarking on an epic journey of faith and self discovery while uncovering her own sense of purpose as both a Rastafarian and a daughter of the Marley dynasty.

Everyone: FREE
Sunday, February 14, 2010
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Studio Theatre

Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West
416 973 4000


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