Toronto is Canada’s most cosmopolitan city—“like New York but mellower” in the words of Kofi Ackah, son of the Ghanaian highlife legend Jewel Ackah. Kofi is one of many superb African artists who have made Toronto their home over the years. That list is long, and it has included highlife star Pat Thomas, South Sudanese rapper Emmanuel Jal, rising Congolese star Blandine, Malagasy guitarist Donné Roberts, and a hidden treasure of Ethiopian music, Fantahun Shewankochew. In this program, we take the pulse of Toronto’s African scene through music and interviews with Kofi, Emmanuel, Blandine, Fantahun and others.
Produced by Banning Eyre
Originally aired March 2021.