Moneka Arabic Jazz

Thursday, April 18, 2024
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Co-presented by the Vancouver Independent Music Centre and the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.

Dive into a mesmerizing discovery of culture, tradition, and melody with Moneka Arabic Jazz in Vancouver on Thursday, April 18 at the Hollywood Theatre.

Experience the transcendence of Ahmed Moneka's rich life and artistic voyage from Baghdad to Toronto. This rich musical endeavor blends traditional Iraqi melodies with vibrant African rhythms inherited from the Moneka Family. Jazz and blues serve as the perfect canvas to unite Ahmed’s Afro-Arabic roots with the talents of Toronto musicians, creating a harmonious fusion of tradition and innovation.

Drawing inspiration from ancient Iraqi stories and contemporary realities, Ahmed crafts soul-stirring, dance-inducing compositions that resonate locally and internationally. Ahmed's life story unfolds as he bears witness to the enduring spirit of humanity, igniting conversations about heritage, resilience, and the universal quest for freedom.With an opening solo set by Juno award winning Oud / Guitarist Gordon Grdina.


Ahmed Moneka - vocals

Waleed Abdulhamid - bass guitar, vocals

Demetri Petsalakis - guitar, oud

Majd Sukar - clarinet

Selcuk Suna - sax

Max Senitt - drum kit

Hollywood Theatre is a 19+ venue.

Two pieces of physical ID are required for entry.

All events are 19+/No minors unless otherwise noted.
Moneka Arabic Jazz

Getting here

Hollywood Theatre is located in the heart of Kitsilano on Vancouver’s West Side.