“AHFOMAD”, African Heritage Festival of Music and Dance, is a festival featuring arts, music, and dance, cultural to contemporary, from the African Canadian perspective with performers from the local, national and international arts and culture market from Africa, the Americas and all of African diaspora. AHFOMAD is a non-profit festival organized by the African Heritage Music and Dance Society (AHMDS), an incorporated not for profit organization in British Columbia, Canada.
Our Mandate is to create a sustainable festival event that will be a platform for BC African Canadian Artists to showcase their creations and have opportunity to develop and grow in a progressive, productive, and truly inclusive accessible arts and culture environment.
Our goal is an innovative and unique international caliber festival that will enhance and expand economic activities and cultural tourism in our region. We will achieve this with our programming and marketing formulas designed to tap into the best possible areas in our product pool.
African Heritage Festival of Music and Dance (AHFOMAD) is a BC and Greater Vancouver Festival featuring music, dance, cultural, traditional & contemporary+ arts. Join us in sharing the rich and diverse expressions of Africa from the African Canadian perspective in a positive, all inclusive, educational and vibrant festive environment. We bring and present popular and emerging local, national and international performers, as well as arts and culture - creating a unique platform to cultivate and appreciate the diversity of Africa in the Americas. View our past events here.
Sauti Sol, which means “voices of light” in Swahili and Spanish, was formed in Nairobi, Kenya in 2005 by vocalists Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano, Savara Mudigi, and guitarist Polycarp Otieno. The band has released five albums and over 40 songs, including hits such as “Sura Yako”, “Kuliko Jana”, “Melanin”, and “Suzanna”. The band has won numerous awards and accolades, such as the MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act, the BET Award for Best International Act: Africa, and the MTV Africa Music Award for Best Group.
The band is known for their electrifying live performances, captivating vocals, and uplifting messages. They have collaborated with artists such as Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Patoranking, Yemi Alade, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. They have also performed at prestigious events such as the Global Citizen Festival, the Africa Day Concert, and the Obama Foundation Summit.
Much like music, art has an important place in our community. Combining both art and music together, our festival bridges two creative styles as one. Guests will be able to enjoy the incredible aesthetic and inspiring beauty displayed around the venue. To learn more about what artists and installations will be present at Ahfomad festivals, get in touch today.