[african_music] Batuki Music presents Africa Up Close featuring Ruth Mathiang & Friends on July 6 at NOW Lounge at 8 pm.


Batuki Music Society
presents AFRICA UP CLOSE featuring Ruth Mathiang and Friends on Friday July 6th at the NOW Lounge located at 189 Church St.
Toronto at 8 pm.  DJ
Apollo spinning between sets.  Tickets:
$10 @ door only (arrive early for
dinner seating, open @ 7 pm).  Info:


Ruth Mathiang has
quickly become one of the rising stars of African music in Toronto. She comes
from a musical family, where both her parents were musicians in their youth.
She started her musical career in Kenya performing at social functions and
local clubs. Mathiang honed her singing and composing skills by performing with
local musicians and adopting various styles from traditional music, gospel,
Afropop and hip-hop.


She recorded her
first CD "My Cry Peace" in Prince Edward Island, depicting her difficult life
growing up in war-ravaged Southern Sudan. 
The CD is also a celebration of her faith and resilience as it has a
gospel sound.  Her second release
"Butterfly" is a more refined recording, which draws from influences such as
hip-hop, reggae, afrobeat and gospel. Since coming to Toronto she has
established herself as one of the best female vocalist, has performed at
several festivals such as Harbourfront Centre's Hot & Spicy Festival,
Afrofest, Bana y'Afrique, as well as numerous venues in the city.  Mathiang also donates her time
performing for non-profit agencies that especially work in Africa in sectors
such as human rights, women and children issues, primary health care and community


AFRICA UP CLOSE is a series of concerts exclusively taking
place at the NOW Lounge, a cozy room with a standing capacity of only eighty
people. This is an opportunity for the audience to experience music in an
intimate setting, as well as interact with the artists. Enjoy healthy, organic,
and locally sourced fare from the NOW Lounge's kitchen, along with the music
and ambiance. Resident DJ Apollo entertains between sets.


Batuki Music Society gratefully acknowledges the support of
the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Heritage.

Batuki Music Society360A Bloor St. W.P.O. Box 68585Toronto, ONM5S 1X0
batukimusic@yahoo.com www.batukimusic.com
"nurturing and strengthening cultural diversity through music and the arts."  

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