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Wednesday Watching #2 - photo by KarenLam6.JPG
7 pm
Live performances, films and documentaries


April 2024

April 10, 17, 24, 2024

Lead: Waleed Abdulhamid

April 10

Foli (Rhythm) + “How West Africa Went Psychedelic”

Presented by Waleed Abdulhamid

Attend our Wednesday Watching as Waleed Adbulhamid discusses with us two short films “Foli” and “How West Africa Went Psychedelic”.

“Foli” is the word used for rhythm by the Malinke people. It encompasses more than sound - “Everything is rhythm”. The 11-minute film, directed by Thomas Roebers and Floris Leeuwenberg in 2010, documents the rhythm of daily life of the Malinke people in Baro, Guinea. This film was edited following the Malinke rhythms, where you can hear, feel, and see the rhythm.

“How West Africa Went Psychedelic” is a 22-minute music documentary discussing the history and development of West African psychedelic music. The video shows clips and music samples from renowned West African bands and musicians including Super Djata Band, Zani Diabeté, Rail Band, Bembeya Jazz, and more.

In addition to presenting these documentaries, Waleed will be demonstrating musical elements relating to the films. Be ready for a musical ride!

April 17

All Eyes on Africa

Led by Dr Clem Marshall

On this Wednesday Watching, we are watching “All Eyes on Africa”, a 60-minute educational documentary directed by Dr Clem Marshall in 1992. The film presents authentic images of modern and ancient Africa, as well as art and culture in African and Black heritage in Canada. It shows how art is present in many aspects of African life, from the weaving of the hair to the construction of a modern building. We are honored with Dr Marshall leading an introduction and post-screening discussion with audience.

April 24

Let’s Find a Way

Led by Waleed Abdulhamid

Join us as we are watching a 40-min film produced by Waleed Abdulhamid. “Let’s Find a Way” is a documentary illustrating the making of the song of the same name to fundraise for children with AIDS worldwide.  After the screening, Waleed will lead a discussion about the film and project.

Photos by Isorine Marc, Karen Lam

Clem Marshall:

Clem Marshall is a Canadian educator and writer whose work focuses on race, language, culture, and ancestry. Marshall is president of MangaCom Inc., which offers a range of services aimed at improving equity in education, organizational change, and the arts. He received his doctorate in 2011. Clem Marshall’s areas of research include diversity in schools, especially as relating to curricula and community affairs, but also in public and independent education, both elementary and secondary. He is particularly interested in race, gender, community education, community art, equity in education, health and social work, as well as African art. Waleed Abdulhamid:

Waleed Abdulhamid is a Canadian Multi-instrumentalist; Composer; Vocalist; Music and Film Producer, known for his striking vocals, innovative bass technique, and his speed and precision on percussion. He has been an active member of the Toronto music scene since his arrival, in 1991 from Sudan, where he began to perform as early as six years old. He is the recipient of the Canadian New Pioneer Award; African Tama Award; Reel World Film Festival Award and Canadian Film Board of Excellence Award. In addition, he has not only received other international awards, but was also twice honoured with a DORA Award. In turn, he is frequently invited to serve on juries in Music and Theatre, and has acquired a distinctive profile in the media.

This educator-artist of demonstrated versatility plays 20 instruments including the guitar; bass; drums; flute; harmonica; kirin; bass kirin; darabhuka; marimba; balimbo; congas; bongos; djembe; dumbek; aghera; tambour; cajun; denger; ekaa and tama.

Waleed is not only a band leader, a conductor and insightful arranger of popular compositions, but also a Director of Choral and Orchestral Music. He frequently conducts workshops designed for both new or advanced learners, and works collaboratively with choreographers to produce innovative creations.

Waleed Abdulhamid has recorded, performed and toured with celebrated artists including David Clayton Thomas of the Grammy Award winning band Blood, Sweat & Tears and Motown legends, The Drifters. He has also toured both nationally and internationally. However, he is most proud of his role as a mentor to acclaimed younger artists such as D’bi Young, Ngozi Paul, and Zaki Ibrahim.

Waleed has been the subject of study for researchers and PhD candidates seeking to understand the workings of the virtuoso mind, and is currently a faculty member in the music department of the University of Toronto. Formerly, he worked for twenty years as a professor in the Music Degree Program at Humber College.

When not teaching, performing and producing, Waleed can be found in front of the camera, acting in short and feature films, most recently for CBC, CANN Film Festival France, and TIFF.

Photo Credit: Unknown

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