As we look forward to next week’s Mbongwana Star Toronto debut, we’re pleased to be able to announce an added special event! Join us at the Small World Music Centre the night before, on Tuesday evening, for a FREE screening of Benda Bilili! the documentary about the legendary band that gave birth to ‘the Star.’ And members of the band will be on hand for an insightful Q&A with the audience.
“Benda Bilili! is a film about outcasts who defy a system that defines them as marginal. It is not a musical film, but the band’s songs complement the narrative. Every problem encountered by the Staff Benda Bilili group gives rise to a song they then try out on the streets.” – Directors Renaud Barret and Florent de la Tullaye
The film premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival Directors Fortnight, and was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2011 César Awards, the national film award of France.
Sunday at the Centre, our friend George Koller has assembled a compelling program under the name Songs of Gaia. It starts with traditional songs and chants from the Sakha Republic of Siberia sung by renowned Saina, who specializes in the ‘khomus’ (mouth harp) and has sung in 25 different languages. The evening mixes improvisation with traditional elements, featuring a crack quartet of George Koller, Jocelyn Barth, David Restivo & Bruce Cassidy.
Benda Bilili! Free Screening + Artist Q&A
> Celebrating “the Star” in Mbongwana Star
Tuesday, July 18th 8:00pm – Small World Music Centre
Saina with Songs of Gaia & Victory for Freestyle
> Solo music of the Sakha Republic of Siberia, Ethno + Jazz
Sunday, July 16 – Small World Music Centre
> The Largest South-Asian Festival in Canada
Thursday, July 20 – 22, Mississauga Celebration Square
Small World Music supports our community partners and family of world music artists performing around the greater Toronto area. Visit the Small World Music site to learn more about all the great events happening in the city.
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Small World Music Society is a charitable organization and presenter of culturally diverse music, supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Toronto Arts Council, as well as community and corporate partners.