Halifax Jazz Fest celebrates African Heritage Month with a trio of free online events

The Festival partners with the Halifax Public Libraries with a set of three free online events to celebrate African Heritage Month.

A conversation with Canadian jazz artist Joe Sealy and performance by Halifax vocalist Mahalia Smith are among the events planned as part of the Halifax Jazz Festival's celebration of African Heritage Month in February.
A conversation with Canadian jazz artist Joe Sealy and performance by Halifax vocalist Mahalia Smith are among the events planned as part of the Halifax Jazz Festival's celebration of African Heritage Month in February.

The Halifax Jazz Festival is partnering with the Halifax Public Libraries for a trio of free online events to celebrate African Heritage Month.

The celebration gets underway on February 13 with A Conversation with Joe Sealy. Local broadcast personality and jazz aficionado Charles Hsuen will chat with the Canadian jazz pianist and composer to look back at his career, including his 1997 Juno award-winning Africville Suite and beyond.

On February 25, the Jazz Fest celebrates its 5th Annual African Month Concert with Halifax-based singer and actor Mahalia Smith live-streamed from the Halifax North Memorial Library. Smith will be joined by her singer-songwriting sister Reeny and drumming brother JR.

The final event on February 28 is an online workshop exploring West African rhythm and music led by Mohamed and Marielle Duranteau of Halifax’s Wontanara Drum & Dance.

All events are free and will be broadcast live on the Halifax Jazz Festival YouTube channel and Facebook page. Visit halifaxjazzfestival.ca for more information.