Felabration 2019: A celebration of Fela Kuti, Vancouver’s vibrant Multi-Cultural and West African Communities!
September 3, 2019, Vancouver, BC, Canada: On October 19, 2019, Kara-Kata Afrobeat Group and Kara-Kata Afrobeat Society will be hosting the 3rd edition of Vancouver’s Felabration event at Imperial Vancouver. For one night only, The Afrika Shrine returns to the city. Fela Kuti, born in Nigeria (October 15, 1938-August 2, 1997) is the originator of the Afrobeat genre of music and was a social justice warrior, a hero and inspiration to many.
The event will be headlined by one of Vancouver’s favourite band’s, The Boom Booms. Also featuring Queer as Funk, Mostly Marley, Tonye Aganaba, traditional African drummer and dancer, Kesseke Yeo, Eyo Masquerade dancers from Lagos, Nigeria, and DJ Roscco. Kara-Kata Afrobeat Group will also grace the stage with their over 20-member band. Attendees should come ready to taste locally made Nigerian cuisine, and then dance the night away. Toyin Kayo-Ajayi, the event’s co-organizer and the creator of Kara-Kata Afrobeat Group and Society says, “Music is not something that has to be perfect because nothing is ever perfect. Afrobeat is about community, people coming together, it is a movement. This music is like a meditation, and that’s why we can have such a large group onstage, all of us on the same page, totally connected. It’s not difficult at all actually. When I raise my hand or gesture in a certain manner, they know what’s coming because we are all connected. When I am onstage and people see me caught up in the music, entranced, dancing, totally into it, they cannot help but join in. It instantly connects people.”
Kara-Kata Afrobeat Group was formed in 2012 and became a registered non-profit in 2017. The founder, Toyin Kayo-Ajayi, has been supporting the local West African community ever since he arrived in Canada 20 years ago. The society is passionate about honouring their roots, sharing the joy of Afrobeat music, and creating community. They are currently working on acquiring farm land in the Fraser Valley where they will offer programming for adults and young people around getting back to nature and sustainable farming practices to be implemented locally and back in Africa. Mr. Kayo-Ajayi is passionate about farming, coming from a farming community in Nigeria and working on farms for many years when he arrived in Canada. He wants to share and educate the people back home about Canadian sustainable farming practices.
The group is so passionate about their Felabration event that the 2020 one is already in the works!
For more information about Kara-Kata Afrobeat Society, www.karakataafrobeatsociety.com
Tickets for Felabration 2019 are available through Eventbrite and also at music shops around Vancouver.