- Question 4
- Toronto is quickly
becoming one of the world-centres for African music.
When Opiyo Oloya first came to Canada in 1981, there was very little
African music anywhere to be heard. Today Toronto is considered the
capital of African music in North America and rivals the international
epicentre in Paris, France. AfroFest, an annual event celebrating
traditional and contemporary African music and dance, began in 1989.
In the early days, the acts had to be imported and attendance nudged
up to 2,000. Ten years later, AfroFest can't accommodate all the local
African Canadian acts deserving showcase, and attendance is consistently
reaching 10,000 plus.