West African singer Kunle making strides in Canada

Toronto people, this month catch former Ghana-based ace guitarist and mouth organ magician Kunle in Owen Sound. He’s also unplugging gigs in two music series nights in the big city!

Enter a caption”In honour of finally getting some snow last night, here’s a picture from a snowy night during last year’s crazy winter in Toronto” – Kunle, experiencing his first winter in Canada!

After a recent trip to Jamaica, the Nigeria-born artist promises nothing but raw class in the music field he is pursuing.

Let’s go back a few months in time and reflect on Kunle‘s New Year’s resolutions which echo his genuine ambition and plan. For Kunle, looking ahead is more about your attitude, perspective and values. That’s the theme of one of his fan-favourite songs, But A Dream. It’s the classic nursery rhyme “Row Row Your Boat” reworked with added Travis Picking and Middle Eastern sounds. As a kid, Kunle used to march into class, single file with the other students, chanting row, row, row your boat, gently down the steam…It wasn’t until adulthood that the meaning started to sink in.

Kunle left Ghana a little over a year ago today to start a new journey in Canada. It has been an amazing year of songwriting, performances, new fans and lots and lots of learning.

“I’ve been blessed and I am so grateful for everything that has happened so far,” says Kunle.

Within this year, Kunle has played in cafes and restaurants across Ontario, Mariposa Folk Festival and Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre and Hard Rock Cafe. He’s played live on the radio and even opened for Shaggy. His song, My Little Fingers was selected by Folk Music Ontario’s Songs of the Heart competition. Not to mention that he finished his first EP, titled ‘Ami n Rele’.

But the operative word in what Kunle said is ‘so far’. He’s looking forward. He is focused on what his second year in Canada may bring…

Check out a little video put together by Kunle‘s friend Vanessa Destra! 

Kunle. Photo creds: Vanessa Destra
Fri Mar 11Owen Sound ON – 9-11pmThe Avalon (Kunle is featuring guitarist Stephen San Juan for this show!) 

Thurs Mar 17Toronto ON 9pmWonderfest SeriesFolly Brewpub (Kunle featured) 

Mon Mar 21Toronto ON – 7:30-11:30pmMFactor MondaysOld Nick Pub(Hosted by Elana Harte, Kunle featured)

Author: Kwame 'Write' Aidoo

Kwame Aidoo, also known as Write is a fond reader, writer and lover of music and the arts, with a degree in Biochemistry from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Tech., Kumasi and a certificate in Cultural Organizations in Transition from University of Lüneburg. He founded the creative activism movement: Inkfluent which curates Slam Ghana, The Write Experience, Vocal Portraits poetry albums, Slam Lab and the biggest literary festival in Ghana; Nkabom Literary Festival. Aside Ghana, where he is based, he has shown work in Brazil, Togo, Austria, France, Benin, Germany and Burkina Faso and most recently Norway with Aurora Ekvatorialis; a light sculpture and texts collaboration with Norwegian artist Toril Johannessen, exhibiting at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, 16.9.2016 – 15.1.2017.

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