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Kenzow wins ‘em over with his African rhythms

BURKINABAE guitarist MAKES RIPPLES IN MONTREAL Rosie AWORI “My only option is success.” Young, up and coming Montreal Afro-pop Urban Reggae artist Kenzow is resolute as he speaks to the CONTACT about his musical career. He was born Kenzy Ouedraogo to the famous African producer Idrissa Ouedraogo in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.  He came to Montreal on a soccer scholarship in January 2016, but two semesters in, he sustained an injury that left him unable to play. While recuperating, he decided to try his hand at playing the guitar to pass the time. He soon became captivated by …

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Will release her latest single here on Feb. 19 Kaisha Lee comes back to her Sweet Spot with “My Love is Rare”

Egbert Gaye Toronto-born musician extraordinaire Kaisha Lee tells the story of moving to Montreal seven years ago, empty-handed, in search of work and fulfillment. Then this past December 31, making the trip back home, taking with her a lifetime of experiences, musical and otherwise. “I never meant to stay that long, but Montreal just wouldn’t let me go,” she told The CONTACT in a recent telephone interview. “The opportunities just kept opening up for me, one after the other. The city will always be special to me because of how much it helped me grow professionally and as a woman.” …

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Reggae stars coming to pay Tribute to legends

Lt. Stitchie, Tiger and Pincers along with Exco Levi on Feb. 16 Contact Staff The Tribute to the Legends of Reggae show that will be passing through Montreal on Sunday, February 17, is a call to reggae lovers in particular, but to music lovers of all persuasions. Part of an annual tour, organizers have chosen Montreal to be one of the stops for this Black History Month landmark event that will shine the spotlight on three icons of reggae: Lt. Stitchie, Tiger and Pincers paying tribute to the many legends who have elevated the genre into popular in the world …

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Ana Stasia

Egbert Gaye With the much-anticipated release of her latest single, Hotel Key, from her debut EP, Best Life, Montrealer Ana Stasia continues her upward trajectory on the R&B/Pop music scene. The excitement around her continues to build because of the commotion her previous single, Shade, created being shortlisted in several of the major categories in the 61st Annual Grammy Awards ballot. The single is competing for Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song and Record of the Year, while the EP, Best Life, is competing for Best R&B Album. The multi-talented singer/songwriter who honed her musical skills at The University of …

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Remembering the Sir George Williams “Affair” 50 years later

  Egbert Gaye These days, names such as Terrence Ballantyne, Rosie Douglas, Kennedy Fredericks, Valerie Belgrave, Lynn Murray, Hugo Ford, Rodney John, Bukka Rennie, or even Perry Anderson for that matter, do not mean anything to the average person in our community, or even the average Montrealer. But there was a time, about 50 years ago to be exact, when these individuals were front and centre in a struggle that laid bare the ugly underbelly of institutionalized racism and police brutality in Montreal, following a standoff between a group of Black and Caribbean students and administrators of Sir George Williams …

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MONNAIE-MONEY on Feb. 23

Youth talent on show for the BHM Since it was established nine years ago, Monnaie-Money, the annual showcase of youth talent in Montreal, has become one of the signature events for Black History Month. It’s popularity hinges on the spectacular talents that have been on show consistently every year. It’s billed as a competition but there can be no winners or losers among the line-up of dedicated young performers, who obviously bring their well-honed skills and talent for the sole purpose of thrilling audiences. And every year, the jam-packed Oscar Peterson Concert Hall resounds with expressions of appreciation following every …

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Rachel Bendayan primed and ready for Outremont

By-elections on February 25 Contact Staff In the 2015 federal elections, Rachel Bendayan, a young lawyer born and raised in the Cote des Neiges area staged a spirited contest against Tom Mulclair, then leader of the New Democratic Party. She received 33 per cent of the votes behind Mulcair who won with 44 per cent . But in politics, three to four years is a lifetime. So today, with Mulcair out of the way, having resigned in 2018 following his removal as NDP leader, Bendayan is ready to take on all comers in the February 25 by-election for the district …

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Why we should donate blood

BHM annual Blood drive on February 16. Bring a friend with you Contact Staff Ultimately, at some point in our lives we or someone dear to us may need to receive blood for medical or even life-saving reasons, that’s why all who are able to, should answer the call to donate blood. That call is now being sent out to our community to meet this act of civic responsibility at the annual Blood Drive organized by HEMA Quebec and The Round Table For Black History Month taking place February 16th. Even as they put this call, organizers are quite aware …

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Duke and CBC celebrate BHM with The CONTACT

Contact Staff Black History Month celebrations took a special turn this year with the return of one of its alumni, Duke Eatmon, to the offices of the CONTACT on Monday, February 4. Instead of his usual reams of paper profiling personalities or documenting events on the cultural scene, Duke was toting the big microphone of Canada’s national broadcaster, CBC, in this instance Home Run, the station’s drive-home show, where he serves as a music/entertainment columnist. Duke was at the CONTACT to kick off a series of on-location broadcasts he’ll be doing throughout February to mark Black History in Montreal. It …

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Money to assist with eye care and to buy computers for students

Campaign launched to raise funds for primary school in Kingston Contact Staff Following a 2017 visit by Jamaica’s minister of Local Government and Community Development, the Honourable Desmond A. McKenzie, officers and members of the Jamaica Association of Montreal committed themselves to more outreach in their home country. So when George Grant, honorary consul for Jamaica at Montreal, indicated the need among many students at Denham Town Primary School for eye care services, which could not be met by parents, the association decided to do something about it. In summer 2017, Grant, and the association’s 1st vice-president Mark Henry visited …

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