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a Tribute to the King of Lokembe
Achilla Orru Apaa-Idomo

All proceeds benefit The Achilla Orru Memorial Fund.


Sunday, April 7, 2013 - entry 7 PM | show 8 PM


Toronto artists and musicians join together to pay tribute to Achilla Orru Apaa-Idomo.

This extraordinary gathering of so many talented artists at the Lula is a fitting homage to Achilla who touched the lives of many with his music in Toronto, Canada and around the world.

The line up of performers includes

Baana Afrique (Achilla’s band)
African Guitar Summit
Njacko Backo & Ann Lederman
Nhapitapi Mbira
Lizzy Mahashe/Kobena Aquaa-Harrison
Ruth Mathiang
Sani Abu of Ijovudu Dance
Kwame Stephens
Katenen ‘Cheka’ Dioubate
Subway Friends


Born in Uganda, and blind at childhood, Achilla was the finest musician that ever played the simple lukeme, a hand-held wooden box instrument with keys made from flattened bicycle spokes (also known as likembe, mbira, kalimba, sanza or simply thumb piano).

Achilla passed away on February 4, 2013 in Toronto.


Ongoing donations can also be made in person at any branch of Bank of Montreal, account number: 00022-3941-436


The Karibuni radio program on CIUT 89.5FM Toronto, with host Nadine McNulty, special co-host Opiyo Oloya & invited guests - Godfrey Sekijoba, Doriann Forrester, Lina Allemano, Shelly Coopersmith, & Njacko Backo, honour Achilla in a broadcast on February 10, 2013. [link to audio archive]


In 2009, Achilla received the Pioneers for Change Arts Award from Skills for Change, an organisation championing the accomplishments of new Canadians for over 20 years - here is his video profile.


Batuki Music Society is an incorporated non-profit community-based organization that promotes African music and art through performances at music venues throughout the year and culminating into a weekend festival at the end of the programming season. The organization actively seeks out local artists and works with them by helping find performance venues, advice on career development, music recording, touring and management.

Have questions about Achilla Orru Tribute? Contact Batuki Music Society

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