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Feature Article: A vital and vibrant beat - African music in Canada

Feature Article: A vital and vibrant beat - African music in Canada
Nadine McNulty remembers well the day that K’naan appeared at Toronto’s Afrofest. The year was 2000 and McNulty, as artistic director, had booked the then-unknown Somali-Canadian rapper to appear in the afternoon on the main stage at the popular outdoor festival. Rain showers failed to dampen the crowd’s enthusiasm for K’naan, who performed with just one backup vocalist and a tape playback. Recalls McNulty: “It was drizzling and here was this young guy just kicking it in front of this sea of umbrellas. It’s amazing to see how he’s now taken the world by storm.” K’naan, this year’s Juno Award winner for Songwriter and Artist of the Year, is a major Canadian star and international crossover ac...
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