June 29, 2023 | By Dalton Higgins | |
The festival’s music, arts and culture events across Toronto celebrate what summer sounds like and marks the genre’s historic milestone anchored by a live concert
Toronto, ON – The Manifesto festival of music, arts and culture delivers a historic week-long lineup of events August 7th-13 that celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop through an African diasporic lens, anchored by a blockbuster live concert experience powered by The Block on Friday August 11th at RBC Echo Beach in Toronto. With a full lineup of performers across two stages, headliners for Manifesto Presents: The Block Party are rap star Aminé and Canadian rap icon Saukrates.
Aminé, a Los Angeles-based musician of Ethiopian and Eritrean descent, is known for his blockbuster multi-platinum hit single “Caroline”, noteworthy collaborations with Offset (Migos), Kehlani, and Young Thug, all the way to his recent critically-acclaimed May 2023 collaborative album Kaytraminé with Grammy-winner Kaytranada that features a who’s of multi-generational urban music legends including Pharrell Williams, Big Sean, Snoop Dogg, and Freddie Gibbs.
Toronto-based triple threat (rapper / producer / singer) performer Saukrates has a deep catalogue of timeless rap singles dating back to the mid-90s that most diehard rap fans and serious music critics acknowledge as being some of the best music to come out of Canada. His influence spreads to many of the Canadian music megastars of yesterday and today, including Drake – who he worked with early in his career. Equally impressive are his production credits on albums by various hip hop icons including Nas and Redman.
Hosted by The Relentless Diaries podcast crew (Zoie, Tresor, Chris), the Manifesto concert stage will also feature a potent blend of live performances from notable Toronto music talents of today and tomorrow including Kuruza, Eben, No Tourists, SadBoi, Liza, and Eleanor. CBC Music’s Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe will host the Block Stage, showcasing Canada’s brightest contemporary rappers including Keysha Freshh, Phoenix Pagliacci, Temia, Vince the Messenger, and Clairmont the Second.
In addition to the CBC Music stage in Toronto, The Block, CBC Music’s home for music of Black origin – hosted weekdays by Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe – is celebrating 50 years of hip hop by airing 50 stories over 50 days – focused on an artist, event or significant moment in hip hop history. Starting last week, these 50 stories air nationwide each night on The Block on CBC Music until August 11. To close out this special evening of live music, on August 11th Manifesto’s official after-party starts at 10pm, featuring four local DJs and takes place at Nomad, an ultra modern social club pushing the boundaries of music & entertainment.
The full week of Manifesto festival programming begins its unique rollout on August 7th with part one of the Music Summit taking place on the Empress boat, in partnership with CIMA and Music Ontario, to capture the pre-existing Caribana energies in the air on this particular weekend. This year’s programming slate includes two highly informative panel discussions; one tied to the influence of Caribbean culture on Hip Hop, with the other providing indie artists with the right tools to succeed in today’s music marketplace. Day two of the summit on August 8th will offer up topical hands-on hip hop culture workshops.
The mission of Manifesto has always been to provide accessible high-quality arts programming and a platform for emerging artists to showcase their skills, and this year is no different. The festival celebration continues at Yonge and Dundas Square on August 12th with a free admission Block Party – in partnership with the Black Talent Initiative and Speedy Transport – where a full day of programming tied to hip hop culture’s five main “elements” will include live music performances, DJ’s spinning tracks to reflect the five decades of hip hop’s musical output, a breakdancing battle and curated dance performances, live graffiti, a hip hop photo exhibit, and numerous vendors on site tied to the culture. Come celebrate Manifesto’s Hip Hop 50th Anniversary edition featuring a classic lineup that seamlessly blends African diaspora superstars with some of Canada’s finest homegrown world class talents!
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