“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.
AHFOMAD 2022 (September 3rd - 4th)
the 10TRIBES truth and reconciliation festival
The award-winning afro-pop band Sauti Sol, hails from Nairobi, Kenya, and have been topping the charts for more than a decade. Long-time friends Polycarp Otieno, Savara Mudigi, Willis Chimano and Bien-Aime Baraza, cemented their place as one of the leading bands from the continent and the upward trajectory fuelled by their ‘church of good vibes’ ethos wins them fans all over the world.
After years of independence, Sauti Sol recently signed a recording contract with Universal Music Group which will be the home of their fifth studio album, Midnight Train, recorded in Nairobi, Kenya, and Johannesburg, South Africa.
You can count on Sauti Sol to deliver music from the heart and Midnight Train, does not stray from the formula. “Suzanna,” the infectious first single is testament that the group doesn’t shy away from pressing societal issues. The song tackles the controversial phenomenon of sponsors/blessers. With their clever irreverent lyrics and sharp wit they poke fun at a woman who is a beneficiary of the champagne life as sponsored by an older man.
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.