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The AfroNubians were a world music band based in Toronto. They played newly composed and traditional pan-African-style music, blended with Latin, reggae, and some rock sounds.[1]


The AfroNubians came together in 1992. The group's founders included Sudanese emigrant Tarig Abubakar (leader, and principal composer) (1964-1998) and guitarist Adam Solomon. The AfroNubians featured Canadians and Africans amongst its band members, including Joe Szilagy (aka: Joe Slant), lead (rock/funk) guitar and Mohammed Hagelamin, bass, who were long standing members of the band.

In 1993 the AfroNubians toured in western Canada,[2] and in 1994 they released their first CD, Tour to Africa.[3] Two more albums followed in 1995 and 1997.

In 1995 the group was named band of the year at the Toronto African Music Awards.[4] In 1996 Solomon left to start his own band.[5]

In 1998, shortly before the band was scheduled to embark on its first U.S. tour, Abubakar took a trip to Sudan and was killed in a motor vehicle accident.

The AfroNubians performed in Toronto, and eventually conduct three tours across Canada. No further studio recordings were produced since, but in 2005 the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation released a CD, produced by Todd Fraracci, of two of the band's live concerts.[6] Musicians included on the CD with Abubakarg, Solomon, and Szilagy were Bruno Hedman-saxophone, Jim Heineman-saxophone and flute, Pa Jo-soukous and highlife lead guitar, Altof Bwana Moto-drums, Joseph Ashong-djembe/percussion, as well as many others.


  • 1994: Tour to Africa
  • 1995: The Great Africans
  • 1997: Hobey Laik
  • 2005: Tarig Abubakar & Afronubians Live


  1. ^ "The what and where of pan-African music". Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont. By Lenny Stoute Jan 11, 1997 Page: K.11
  2. ^ "Adam Solomon: Raising awareness through music". AfroToronto, 23 Aug 2014 Written by Meres J. Weche
  3. ^ The Beat. Volume 14. Bongo Productions. 1995. p. 49.
  4. ^ "Afro-Nubians sound the drums of unity". Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont. By Peter Howell Jan 19, 1995 Page: B.10
  5. ^ "Charting Africa and beyond Tikisa launches internationalist hybrid of rhythm". Toronto Star - Toronto, Lenny Stoute May 16, 1996 Page: G.10
  6. ^ "Perlich's Picks". NOW Toronto, by Tim Perlich March 3, 2005

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