Performers

Listen for vintage jazz sounds (like Erykah Badu meets Lauryn Hill) & timeless lyrics from Nigerian-Canadian, Afro-soul and R&B artist, Sadé Awele. Sadé joined forces with electric band mates, Kaitie Sly & Amine Said to form Serengeti. Their music is influenced by the greats like Fela Kuti, Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan - to name a few. You feel this in the energy their music brings & the blend of instrumentation from the depths of Morocco to the shores of Nigeria. Their first hit song “Way Back” was released in 2021, with more music to come in 2022!

Yvonne Kushe is a Ugandan-Canadian singer-songwriter and all-around creative. 

Kushe marries her quirky humour to her creative work while exploring various themes that have featured in her life. Her eclectic sound is one she prefers not to categorize by genre. In her own words, ‘’Music is amorphous and I treat it treat it as such, I follow the melodies wherever they take me’’. 

Kushe is also Miss Uganda North America 2017 and a cultural ambassador for Uganda to North America. In a bid to foster cultural exchange between Uganda and North America Kushe created PolliNATION, an initiative that provides artists in both Uganda and North America the opportunity to collaborate and tap into different music circles while promoting their music. 

V-love is an Afro pop, reggae local artist based in Surrey but originally from Liberia (Western part of Africa). V-love started singing at the early age of six. His passion for music and design got him a lot of attention from music and design lovers. V-love has worked with Yemi Alade, Timaya and Diamond Platinumz and is currently working on his second album, which is set to be released anytime in 2023. Music and design are his passion…. it’s where he find love, peace, purpose and happiness.

Kwasi is the owner of African arts and percussion. Djembe drum instructor and performer. Wale is a traditional Sakara player, performer and singer. Chris plays djembe drums, congas, percussion, guitar, bass and vocals.

Juno nominated percussionist Robin Layne has worked with many of Canada's finest global artists and toured throughout China, Europe, Mexico, US and Canada. Highlights include Nanjing Jazz Festival, Hildesheim Jazz Festival, Vancouver Island MusicFest, Salmon Arm Roots and Blues, Vancouver Folk Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival and Victoria Jazz Fest.  

He has become a regular fixture on the BC festival circuit and is in demand as a freelance percussionist for recordings, performances and tours. Robin currently performs with his band, Robin Layne & the Rhythm Makers, as well as Locarno and the BC World Music Collective among others. 

Daniel Duggan from Rhythm Resource is an expert percussionist and performer. His energetic and engaging shows and workshops are huge hit throughout B.C. and Scotland. The original holder of the Guinness Worlds Record for the world's Largest Djembe drumming ensemble. He has a passion for percussion and bringing people of all ages together, for an immersive shared creative drumming experience!