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Afro Ascension at Luminato in the Square: William Cepeda Afrorican Quintet

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Trombonist, Composer, Bandleader William Cepeda

Luminato Festival Toronto has announced that as part of the Afro Ascension at Luminato in the Square program, the William Cepeda Afrorican Quintet will perform a free concert on Sunday, June 9, 2024 at 6:00 pm. This is a rare opportunity to experience William Cepeda and his ensemble live in concert in our city. Cepeda is a true cultural icon from Puerto Rico.

William Cepeda Afrorican Quintet
Afro Ascension at Luminato in the Square
WHEN: SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2024 AT 6:00 PM
WHERE: DAVID PECAUT SQUARE
ADDRESS: 251 KING STREET WEST, TORONTO
COST: FREE ADMISSION

Four-time Grammy nominee, trombonist and composer, William Cepeda, originates from Puerto Rico’s “Little Africa,” infusing Afro-Rican Jazz with traditional roots and progressive jazz. Influenced by Dizzy Gillespie and Miriam Makeba, his music transcends borders, captivating global audiences. A member of the esteemed Cepeda Family, renowned for Afro-Puerto Rican folklore, William revolutionized Latin music in 1992 with Afro-Rican Jazz, blending traditional roots, dance, and world music. Honored with an Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music and a dedicated Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival, he elevates Puerto Rican music through his compositions and performances, leaving an indelible mark on the world stage.

Afro Ascension at Luminato in the Square: William Cepeda Afrorican Quintet
Afro Ascension at Luminato in the Square: William Cepeda Afrorican Quintet

Afro Ascension at Luminato in the Square celebrates the tremendous global impact of Black artists from Canada and abroad. The evening will be headlined by Grammy-winning Somali-Canadian rapper K’naan, and will also feature Haitian-Canadian musician Vox Sambou, Puerto Rican trombonist William Cepeda and his Afrorican Quintet, Cuban hip-hop/dancehall queen La Dame Blanche, and Ghanian singer-songwriter Rocky Dawuni, all coming together for the highly anticipated third edition of the International Concert Against Racism.

Afro Ascension at Luminato in the Square is curated by the Global Coalition Against Systemic Racism and for Reparations, Fondation Michaëlle Jean Foundation, and Luminato Festival Toronto.

Afro Ascension at Luminato in the Square Full Program:
https://www.luminatofestival.com/afroascension

There’ll be plenty of family activities throughout the day, including an Afrobeats and Reggae set by R.I.S.E. Edutainment, a dancehall lesson led by Edz Gyamfi and a percussion workshop by steelpan musician Joy Lapps (first-timers welcome!) Explore Medecins Sans Frontieres’ photo exhibition ‘Side by Side’ and create interactive art with MSF and Oddside Arts. If film is your thing, don’t miss a sneak peak of Sounds & Pressure: Reggae in a Foreign Land, part of the National Film Board’s love letter to reggae. 

Hosted by CBC’s Leah-Simone Bowen and Randell Adjei.

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