StoryHarvest Celebration with Toko Telo and Katani: Finale to the Spirit of the Suffragettes Festival!

Date(s) - Saturday 09/21/2019
3:00 pm

Freedom Square

The Spirit of the Suffragettes Summer Festival presents…


Performing in Freedom Square on September 21st, 2019, join us for our final event of the Spirit of the Suffragettes Summer Festival and Community Resource Fair,  and our 9th annual StoryHarvest celebration! 

Just as farmers reap the harvest, providing sustenance for all, StoryHarvest is time to celebrate all our harvests–the results of seeds sown through music, art, education, agriculture, tolerance, and everything we do to build strong, healthy, tolerant communities.

Toko Telo will be performing from 3:15PM to 4:30PM, and Katani will be performing from 4:45PM to 6PM.


Toko Telo Bir ImagesTOKO TELO

Following up a highly acclaimed first album, this Malagasy supergroup returns with Diavola (Moon), reinventing traditional musical styles – tsapiky, jihe, beko – with unequalled artistry.

DGary-Toko-TeloD’Gary, guitar & voice

“A monster guitarist!” David Lindley

Madagascar’s most well known musician, D’Gary splashed onto the world music scene in the early 90s in a famous collaboration with musician/producers David Lindley and Henry Kaiser. Their album, A World Out Of Time, featured D’Gary’s extraordinary, open-tuning playing style developed from traditional instrumental techniques. “I couldn’t believe my eyes or ears,” recounted Kaiser later. A string of international recording projects and concerts followed including tours with the International Guitar Night ensemble, Miguel de la Bastide, Clive Carroll and banjo legend Bela Fleck. 

Festival Rio Loco - Toko Telo - Toulouse / 17 juin 2017© Fabien Ferrer /+33 (0)6 89 84 22 88Monika Njava, voice & percussion

“The voice of Madagascar.” Banning Eyre, Afropop Worldwide

Celebrated across Madagascar as the national diva, Monika Njava sang lead with Njava, recording two critically acclaimed albums for EMI. She has recorded with platinum-selling Deep Forest and continues to perform with the band. A solo world-pop album, Haizina, featured musicians from three continents. Always exploring new musical territory, she formed the group Island Jazz with bass virtuoso Linley Marthe, fusing traditional Malagasy music and contemporary jazz. Singing in several Malagasy dialects, Monika draws on folktales and everyday village life for her lyrics. She also addresses challenges facing her country: corruption, environmental devastation, and empowering women. 

Toko TeloJoël Rabesolo, guitar & voice

“Startlingly unconventional.” Zeitschrift für Kultur und Gesellschaft

Joël Rabesolo grew up playing the traditional four-stringed kabosy. Now the most celebrated guitarist of his generation in Madagascar, he interprets the island’s rich array of regional styles with sophistication and extraordinary inventiveness. Admitted into the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, he was promptly invited by his guitar professor to form a jazz duo. Working closely with Monika Njava since 2012, Joël is a member of her band Island Jazz. He also records and tours as part of Malagasy Guitar Masters. 



katani-blueKatani is an anti-misogyny, pro-black, community uplifting raptivist duo comprised of Amani O+ and Kat SoPoetic.

They are a rap duo repping upstate NY who was able to turn the frequently immobilizing pain of misogynoir into the fuel necessary to examine, expose and dismantle these systems as counter-intuitive and harmful to us all. Katani’s ultimate aim is to educate uplift and unite people with a specific focus on folks who patriarchy, racism and oppression make invisible.

“We’ve been doing what we can, on our own and with friends, with what we have and who we know to spread an alternative message to the misogyny that permeates our music and culture on a whole.”katani-misogynah

They are here to rep for women, femmes, queers, trans folx, non-binary, Black, Indigenous & People of Color and all our people at the margins who are sick of the fuckery, erasure and violence.

“Intersectional is the only feminism we acknowledge.”






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Spirit of the Suffragettes is a summer concert series and community resource fair showcasing women and gender non-conforming musicians from the international to the local. Diverse local organizations will share access to information and tools to support women, who bear a heavy load caring for families against all odds.summer concert series and community resource fair based in North Troy at Freedom Square.

The century-old suffragette message needs to be heard and updated to be made more inclusive. Women, especially women of color, still struggle for equity in their everyday lives. We’ll bring history alive with music, positioning the suffragettes as radical role models to explore gender imbalance throughout society–from music festivals to single mother households in low-wealth communities.

The Spirit of the Suffragettes is an 8-week summer concert series and Women’s Resource Fair celebrating the history of radical historical activists through an updated and more racially/economically inclusive lens. We’re presenting female and gender non-conforming musicians (predominantly women of color) alongside a resource fair highlighting the organizations and opportunities that support women and families in our extremely low-wealth neighborhood. 

Click here for more information!

Events will take place on Saturday 6/8 3-6 PM as well as Tuesdays 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20 5-8 PM and Saturday 9/21 3-6 PM. Here is a list of organizations supporting our community resource fair!

Thank you to the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature for making this project possible!