Abraham Jam ~ First Canadian Performance at Muslimfest

The Abraham Jam brothers had a tremendous time this past weekend at Toronto’s Muslimfest event ~ marking the trio’s first Canadian performance.  Taking to the stage for one song Saturday afternoon and then offering up a full set of material on Sunday, Dawud, David and Billy received warm reception from Muslimfest attendees.

Sharing songs from their forthcoming album “One” (due out this autumn), the AJ brothers were also pleased to record interviews with CBC, Al Jazeera and other independent media journalists covering the festival.    As soon as interviews are made available we will let you know!

Thank you to the Muslimfest organizers, volunteers, sponsors (especially Sound Vision and DawaNet) who made it possible for Abraham Jam to attend the event.  Huge thanks to the sound crew, fellow artists and of course, the incredible audience of families who gathered over the weekend to make the 15th annual Muslimfest event such an incredible success.

Here’s a snippet of Abraham Jam in action, courtesy of Muslimfest’s Facebook page.

click image to see Abraham Jam doing what they do best.

Here’s a full version of the same song “For The Holy Land“, uploaded by Muslimfest attendee Habeeb Alli (Thanks Habeeb!)

(Special note, to those who have followed Dawud’s music over the years.   The djembe used in Abraham Jam’s Toronto performance this past weekend was of special significance, as it was the performance drum of Dawud’s dear friend and mentor Dale “Jamaluddin” Marcelle of the Fletcher Valve Drummers.   Dale and the Fletchers toured with Dawud frequently between 2003 and 2007, produced A Different Drum with Dawud and were regular features of Muslimfest during those years as well.   With Dale’s passing in 2008, Canada lost a tremendous artist,  ambassador of peace and self-proclaimed “social adjuster”.  Through Abraham Jam’s rhythms, Dale’s djembe and passion beat on.)



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Abraham Jam to Perform at Toronto’s Muslimfest

Abraham Jam will make their first Canadian appearance this coming weekend at the 15th Muslimfest event in Mississauga, Ontario. (Sunday September 2nd, 4:30 pm on the Main Stage)

MuslimFest is an award-winning, annual festival celebrating the best in Muslim arts and entertainment. The program features over 80 local and international artists who showcase their talents in various genres.  Comedy, theatre, song, spoken-word, film, visual arts, seminars, workshops, food tents, trinket bazaar and splash-pad ~ all open to the general public with no admission fee.   Launched in 2004, MuslimFest attracts over 30,000 attendees each year and is now considered one of North America’s largest Muslim-organized programs.

Dawud Wharnsby (a founding member of the festival and a performer at almost every Muslimfest event over the years), is excited to be on stage next weekend as part of Abraham Jam (with friends Billy Jonas and David LaMotte).

“We live in a time where, more than ever, the doors of communication must be opened wider.” says, Wharnsby.  “If we do not quite know where to start the important conversations we need to have with our neighbours, well… maybe we can break the ice with a song!  Singing in unison is a fine way to celebrate unity, but singing in harmony can be even more beautiful!”

Abraham Jam brings musicians Wharnsby, Jonas and LaMotte together from their respective Abrahamic traditions (Muslim, Jewish and Christian) as a means of demonstrating such harmony.

Watch the Abraham Jam promotional video by clicking the image below.

Learn more about Muslimfest by clicking here.

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