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The Ottawa Folklore Centre presents an afternoon concert to benefit the Instruments For Africa initiative.

Berekete Afrobeat Band, The Tony D Band, Tindervox, Burnt Reynolds

Saturday, March 9th, 3-7pm

Rainbow Bistro

76 Murray Street, Ottawa


Tickets available at the Ottawa Folklore Centre, 1111 Bank Street, or online at ottawafolklore.com

All ages welcome

Every ticket comes with a coupon for a free cappuccino or gelato at Stella Luna Gelato Cafe


Ottawa's premier talent has banded together to raise funds for Instruments For Africa, an Ottawa-based initiative that sends musical instruments to needy schools in Zambia.

Berekete Afrobeat Band is a 15-piece multicultural groove machine that has been getting Ottawa on the dance floor since May 2012. What started as a one-off tribute to the creator of Afrobeat and Nigerian political figurehead Fela Kuti at the Mercury Lounge - The Afrobeat Project - turned into a 7 month residency that has built a loyal following.

Berekete Afrobeat Band is Ottawa's purveyor of the legendary West African sounds of the Afrobeat giants, with a blistering 5-piece horn section, soulful singers, with a monstrous rhythm section holding down the groove.

For the IFA benefit concert, Berekete Afrobeat Band will present dance music by Mr. Ebo Taylor, considered to be the current living master of Ghanian style Afrobeat.

Along with 9 European tours, countless awards including a Juno, national status in Canada and now 6 albums under his belt, Tony D has established himself as a player and performer who delivers the goods.

When he was 19 years of age, Tony had the pleasure of performing with the legendary Buddy Guy, starting a trend that would see him share the stage with such greats as Luther Allison, Bryan Adams and Michelle Shocked. A consummate performer, Tony D has supported the likes of both Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan, Albert Collins, Robin Ford, Robert Cray, Koko Taylor and The Doobie Brothers.

Local hotshots Tindervox have been extremely busy stamping their brand all over town, consistently playing Ottawa's elite venues and capturing audiences with their sublime and thoughtful sonic approach. Soaring vocals from singer/songwriter Kara Askwith confidently blend with spidery guitar lines courtesy of stellar guitarist Justin Black. The tall talents of Tiff Robson completes the local trio's accomplished lineup.

Completing the lineup for the IFA benefit will be Burnt Reynolds, a country-tinged acoustic duo that features the blistering guitar work of Doug Gouthro, formerly of The John Henry's, and the founder of the Instruments For Africa initiative, Todd Snelgrove.

Instruments For Africa collects musical instruments of all kinds, stands and accessories, sheet music and instructional material to send to Africa.

Our first mission is to fully outfit the Linda School in Livingstone, Zambia with an orchestra of instruments. We are nearing our goal and with a wide variety of instruments coming in we have expanded our scope to equip at least three Zambian schools with our first shipment. Proceeds from the benefit concert will help finance shipping costs.

IFA would like to acknowledge the generous support of RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest and Stella Luna Gelato Cafe.

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I had a great time at the show. The music was great (from Burnt Reynolds doing "Life On Mars", to the heavy-ness of Tindervox, to Tony D's amazing blues, to the Berekete Afrobeat Band, whom I'm really looking forward to seeing again), the Rainbow was fuller than I can remember seeing it, and the feeling of support for IFA was inspiring. What an amazing way to spend a sunny afternoon!



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