Originally from Guinea, West Africa, Alpha, the founder and artistic director of Alpha Rhythm Roots, has been spreading the joyfully infectious sounds of mandingue percussion from his base in Toronto for over twenty years. Along the way he has given lessons to countless students of all ages, and provided traditional instruments for students and other clients near and far. At the Street Music Party, Alpha will be performing as a trio of drummers, offering a rich banquet of interlocking grooves that are the hallmarks of West African percussion traditions.
Saturday 9 September, 3pm • Norm Jary Park as part of ‘GJF in the Parks’ • free
Sunday 10 September, 3pm • York Road Park as part of ‘GJF in the Parks’ • free
Friday 15 September • two 30-minute sets • Friday Night Street Music Party in Market Square (7pm-midnight) • free