August 13, 2023

Songs From The Nile And Afrika

Waleed Abdulhamid

Canada, Sudan

Rhythms of Africa | Summon yourself for a journey with a multi-instrumentalist in tales of origin that flow up and down the banks of the river Nile.

Songs from the nile and afrika

Photo courtesy of the artist


The storyteller talks to the band, the band talks back to the storyteller and together they talk to the audience: those spirits who listen and are ready to open their hearts to us.   

Our journeys may be historical, retelling tales of origin that flow from the longest river and humankind’s earliest memories of Kush, as our Ancestors built pyramids all up and down the banks of the river Nile. At other times, our stories may be deeply personal, giving expression to both the anguish and joys of our everyday lives.   

Sim Sim
Sound of the Nile
Brid Zoli
Great Kingdom of Kush
Afrika Unit
Summer Time

About Waleed Abdulhamid

Waleed Abdulhamid is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist and music and film producer known for his striking vocals, innovative bass technique, and his precision on percussion. He has been an active member of the Toronto music scene since he arrived in 1991 from Sudan, where he began to perform as early as six years old. He is the recipient of the Canadian New Pioneer Award, African Tama Award, Reel World Film Festival Award and Canadian Film Board of Excellence Award.   

In addition, he has not only received other international awards but was also twice honoured with a DORA Award. In turn, he is frequently invited to serve on juries in music and theatre and has acquired a distinctive profile in the media.   

Abdulhamid plays 20 instruments and is a band leader, conductor and insightful arranger of famous compositions. He frequently conducts workshops designed for new or advanced learners and works collaboratively with choreographers to produce innovative creations.   

Abdulhamid has recorded, performed and toured with celebrated artists, including David Clayton Thomas of the Grammy award-winning band Blood, Sweat & Tears and Motown legends, The Drifters. He has also toured both nationally and internationally. He is currently a faculty member in the music department of the University of Toronto; prior, he worked as a professor in the music degree program at Humber College. He can be found in front of the camera when not teaching, performing and producing, and acting in short and feature films, most recently for CBC, CANN Film Festival France and TIFF. 

Access Info

The Toronto Music Garden is a wheelchair accessible park. Summer Music In The Garden concerts include 8 reserved spots for accessible seating on a first come, first served basis. As these performances take place in a park, they are inherently relaxed performances by nature

Dates & Times

August 13
60 mins


Toronto Music Garden

Wheelchair accessible


Between Lower Spadina and Dan Leckie Way

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Keywords MusicPerformance