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May 10 th, 2017 - Kingston ON

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Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 • 9PM • $15, $20 • Kingston ON
The Mansion 506 Princess St., Kingston ON, K7L 1C5

Exclusive concert, World Music:
Collaboration UMARO (Senegal) and Doug van der Horden (Canada)

Latinos concert:
Son Latino band Artists from Kingston and Latin America

Exclusive performance, drums - painting:
Collaboration Yessica Rivera Belsham and Ndaté Sylla

Info & tickets

Tickets for sale ($15, $20) at Brian Records (Kingston, ON) on EventBrite and at the door.
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SaDunya Kingston team: (+1) 613 770 1543 or (+1) 613 770 8283


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(real name OUMAR NDIAYE), was born in Dakar (Senegal) and spent his childhood on Gorée Island alone with his guitar accompanied by musicians where he created the African feeling sound. Umaro has won the Silver World Syli 2009 (Canada). In 2010, Umaro participated in the Sahel Festival and the Black World Festival of Arts and Cultures in Senegal. In 1996, he released his album Hoslu featuring American singer Elizabeth Shipley. Today he is a regular part of the monthly charts and radio playlists. He toured through Europe and plays gigs at most of the big festivals in Senegal.

To visit UMARO's website

Doug van der Horden

was born in Ottawa and is now living in Kingston, ON. He used to be a professional musician with the Canadian Armed Forces Bands and currently freelances as a percussionist in Kingston.
To visit Doug van der Horden's Facebook page

Ndaté Sylla

is an international visual artist (France, Senegal, Switzerland).
To visit Ndaté Sylla's latest exhibition

Yessica Rivera Belsham

is a Mexican-Canadian singer, percussionist, dancer and visual artist that has lived in Canada, Mexico, and the Netherlands. She has drummed in Kingston, Montreal, New York, Hawai’i and Mexico.
To know more about Yessica Rivera Belsham

Son Latino band

is a band of musicians who create beautiful, fun, latino rhythms. Alberto Garcia is from Mexico, and is a professional Luthier who makes violins, violas and cellos. He is also a percussionist in Latin Drums, congas, bongo, maracas, cowbell. Mauricio Montecinos is from Chile and teaches classical and flamenco style guitar. He is also a vocalist and guitar player. Guzman Plaza is from Cuba, and is a Professor in Cuba school music and professional, international music player.
To visit Son Latino's Facebook page


9PM door opening

  • • 9:15PM Official launch of SaDunya’s Kingston Arts Festival
  • • Performance with Yessica Rivera Belsham and Ndaté Sylla
  • • Concert Son Latino
  • • Toukhoucingalame players competition
    (watch a player on this video)
  • • Concert Oumar Ndiaye and Doug van der Horden
  • • Closing of Experience #001

Toukhoucingalame player competition

The first toukhoucingalame player competition will take place TONIGHT (May 10, 2017) at The Mansion Kingston. Come experience this fun hand-made instrument from West Africa. To participate, you'll just need to play the toukhoucingalame during about one minute. Beginners welcomed!
Bring you own toukhoucingalame if you have one! If you don't, toukhoucingalames will be available to rent for $5 tonight.
The Winner will represent Kingston at the International contest during the Festival week in June 2018.
1st prize: one yukulele (generously offered by Long & McQuade - Kingston) + one SaDunya t-shirt + one customized toukhoucingalame
2nd prize: one SaDunya t-shirt + one customized toukhoucingalame
3rd prize: one customized toukhoucingalame + one hug

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How are the price of your ticket and your donations allocated?


  • • Artists’ fees and potential living expenses
  • • Organization costs for the event (creation and realisation of communication material (flyers, posters, tickets), travel costs, advertising, etc.)
  • • Fixed expenses for the festival (website hosting and maintenance, staff, etc.)
  • • Supporting future festival events
  • • Supporting a local non-profit organization
  • • Symbolic contribution to a committed volunteer
  • • Financing selected SaDunya reports

Sponsorship and support opportunities

Whether you’re interesting in becoming a main sponsor for the event or to support the artists by providing accommodation, food, material, etc., we’d love to partner with you! For more information, contact Melanie Sylla.

Volunteer opportunities

If you love art and peolpe in all its forms, have organization skills and want to actively take part in the preparation and execution of this event, contact Melanie Sylla to tell us how you’d like to be involved.

Thank you for your support!

Travis David Alexander Blackmore - The Embassy, page
Rodney Sothmann - Kingston Shoe Repair, page
Brian Lipsin - Brian's Record Option, page
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