• Matapa Music and Arts Organization

FATOUMATA DIAWARA Sat. February 2nd 2014 tickets on sale Aug. 10

H'SAO Sat. February 2nd 2014 tickets on sale Aug. 10

Meeting Points 

 Matapa World Music  & Arts Series 2013/14

A Sneak peek at the Matapa World Music & Arts Series 2013/14

Carmen Souza (Cape Verde)



Lisbon-born Cape Verdean songstress Carmen Souza has it all: excellent repertoire, a mesmerizing, expressive and versatile voice that glides effortlessly through a huge range of registers and a spellbinding, charismatic stage presence. Whether she is singing the plaintive morna (the Cape Verdean variation of the blues) or an exuberant batuco, Souza is always convincing owing to her swingy jazz sense of timing and her virtuoso voice full of nuances from the highest to the lowest notes she sings. Singing in her ancestors’ Creole language and mixing traditional African and Cape Verde rhythms with contemporary jazz influences she creates a unique sound all of her own.

Stay tuned for any exciting upcoming season! Full program released in July. 




 Roots en Route Festival

Celebrating Black History Month


February 2nd  to 8th, 2014

Roots en Route was created to promote a complex understanding of blackness and africans, which recognizes the different histories that shape diffent experiences of being black. While many festivals tend to have a very limited scope in order to focus closely on a topic or issue, Roots en Route understands itself as a space for opening opportunities and connections. It is also committed to working collaboratively at every opportunity and in all relevant fields. There are festivals in Hamilton that present excellence in arts and culture, however there is none that connects these specific communities to their heritage or that fosters people’s knowledge of their culture and history.