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The 10th edition of KUUMBA at Harbourfront Centre celebrates African Heritage Month with two weekends of concerts and dance, readings and panels, a film series, a visual arts exhibition premiere and a variety of family activities. This year the sub-themes in select KUUMBA events are the changing male identity and the shifting of men's roles in society.

Events begin on Feb. 5 and Feb. 6, and continue on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13. All events, except where noted below, are free admission and appropriate for all ages.

Tickets for all events requiring them can be bought by calling the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at (416) 973-4000 or by visiting www.harbourfrontcentre.com

KUUMBA Music - Free Events:

Amina Alfred (Feb. 6, 4 p.m., Lakeside Terrace)

Djembe drumming with this popular performance artist and percussionist.

Kobena Acquaa-Harrison (Feb. 12 & 13, 4 p.m., Lakeside Terrace)

An award-winning multi-instrumentalist and conductor of Jungle Bouti Orchestra.

KUUMBA Talks - Free Events:

Saturday Afternoon Live: Community Think Tank (Feb. 5, 1:30 p.m., Brigantine Room)

Six minds discuss what the African-Canadian community will look like in 2020 while tackling hot political and social issues. Hosted by Emily Mills, featuring Norman "Otis" Richmond, Councillor Michael Thomson, Kike Roach, Lisa Skeete, JJ Campbell and K'naan.

Spoken Word Slam (Feb. 5, 7 p.m., Brigantine Room)

Ten Toronto poetry slam artists compete for cash and glory. Hosted by Dwayne Morgan, featuring Leviathan, Motion, Sankofa, Wakefield Brewster, John Akpata, Da Original One, Heron Jonse, Lady Laxx, Shauna Dixon and Raptics.

Notorious B.I.G. Tribute (Feb. 6, 2 p.m., Brigantine Room)

The Toronto launch of Vibe Magazine writer Cheo Hodari Coker's Unbelievable: The Life, Death and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G. Includes a discussion of B.I.G.'s influence on rap music as well as DJ Muziklee Insane and P-Plus spinning 100% Biggie tunes with CD giveaways.

Walk This Way (Feb. 12, 1:30 p.m., Brigantine Room)

African-Canadian supermodels Stacey Mckenzie and Lana Ogilvie discuss body image and provide tips on how to break into the fashion world.

T Dot Griots: From the Page to the Stage (Feb. 12, 7 p.m., Brigantine Room)

The launch of spoken word collection T Dot Griots: An Anthology of Toronto's Black Storytellers with readings from the book and newer works by African-Canadian poets. Featuring Kamau, Naila Belvett, Al St. Louis, Steven Green and Karen Richardson. There will also be tips on accessing funding and getting works published.

What's Love Got to Do With It: The State of Black Love in the New Millenium (Feb. 13, 2 p.m., Brigantine Room)

Performance artist Anne-Marie Woods discusses relationships, love and dating patterns in the black community. Featuring poet JD Vishus and a preview of filmmaker Angelina Millare's Love: Unplugged.

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