Mozambique via Norway to Toronto

Nov 15, 2017

This week, Montreal is the place to be for global sounds as Mundial celebrates its seventh iteration. Lots of music to enjoy and schmoozing to be done. If you’re in the neighbourhood, check it out!

Coming next week to the Small World Centre, Spirit of the Narrows reveals a uniquely Canadian music and the stories of those who create it. Anne Lederman and Capucine Onn present a music “like no other, embodying Indigenous, French, English, American and Eastern European traditions, all played on a small box with four strings.” Savour the sounds of Aboriginal folk fiddling, and gain a perspective of life on the prairies.

Looking into December, another great night at the Centre brings Ivan Mazuze – a Norway-based composer, award-winning saxophonist, and world jazz artist from Mozambique. Deeply rooted in African jazz, his melodic tunes are backed by a powerful rhythm section, which gives space for improvisations, and moves between jazz and the African urban soundscape. Watch the quintet’s performance at Cosmopolite Scene – Oslo Kulturnatt; We’ll welcome them as a quartet on Friday the 8th.

This weekend, our friends at Batuki Music present Hommage à Signeur Tabu Ley Rochereau et Papa Wemba with Alliance Française at their Theatre. The concert features veteran Congolese music group, Cour des Grands, performing a sample of the works of Tabu Ley Rochereau and Papa Wemba to honour these giants of African music. Popular Congolese vocalist, Blandine Mbiya, joins the group for this tribute.

Spirit of the Narrows
> Anne Lederman’s Journey

November 24 – 25, Small World Music Centre

Ivan Mazuze Quartet presents Ubuntu
> Contemporary World Jazz from Norway

Friday, December 8th, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Polyphonic Ground Presents:
Slim Flex & Success K / Evolution / Los Poetas

> Music for the Culturally Curious

Thursday, December 14th, 8:00pm, Revival


Mr. Shi and His Lover
> The real-life affair of a French diplomat in China

TONIGHT – December 18, Tarragon Theatre

> Toronto Album Release

Saturday, November 18th, 7:30pm, Small World Music Centre

Tribute to Signeur Tabu Ley Rochereau and
Papa Wemba

> Concert by Cour des Grands and Blandine Mbiya

Saturday, November 18th, 9:00pm, Alliance Française Theatre

Christmas Caravan
> Presented by Sultans of String

Saturday, December 2nd, 8:00pm, Isabel Bader Theatre


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