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


Batuki Music Society presents AFRICA UP CLOSE: a Monthly Series in an intimate setting featuring RUTH MATHIANG & FRIENDS, DJ APOLLO
spinning on Friday July 6th at the NOW Lounge located at 189 Church St. Toronto at 8 pm.

Tickets: $10 @ door only (arrive early for dinner seating, open @ 7 pm)
Info: www.batukimusic.com

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

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 development.

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 Canadian 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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