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.