Brian Litvin Fingerstyle Guitarist
South African Tapestry – Maskanda, Mbaquanga, Marabi, Township Jive, Cape Jazz
Brian, an accomplished fingerstyle guitar player, was well known as a protest singer in his native South Africa during the dark days of apartheid. He followed his passion to learn Zulu music, spending endless hours in townships, including the most famous, Soweto, and in migrant worker hostels. This was forbidden under the apartheid law at the time.
He ignored the legal risks because of his love for traditional Zulu music, and his passion to learn from, and play music with traditional musicians. These influences are woven into his musical fibre and are clearly evident in his music and song.
Whether solo or with his band Brian will keep your feet tapping and enthrall you with stories from his unique experiences.
Aside from his musical talents, Brian is also known for his involvement in various projects aimed at promoting and preserving Southern African music and African music. He has collaborated with local musicians and organizations to create initiatives that support and showcase the rich cultural heritage of Africa. He has volunteered on boards of directors for numerous African Music and Heritage organizations, he has helped organize concerts, workshops, and other events that bring attention to African music and its history.
Brian’s community contributions extend beyond only African music and culture. He has volunteered on other community organizations in a board capacity. He was the founding treasurer for the iconic Hughes Room Live organization in Toronto.
Guitars Not Guns is another organization that Brian is passionate about, and spent many years teaching at-risk youth music on a voluntary basis.
Brian is a talented musician who not only performs on stage, but also gives back to the community through volunteer work with various organizations. He has a passion for using his musical skills to make a difference in the lives of others, and has dedicated his time and energy to supporting causes he believes in. Whether it’s performing at fundraisers, teaching music lessons to underprivileged youth, or simply spreading joy through his music, Brian Litvin is a true advocate for using art for social good. He sets an inspiring example for others, showing how a little bit of kindness can go a long way in making the world a better place.
The band featured prominently at the official Canadian party celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday in July 2013 in Toronto. They were part of Tornto’s official Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela on his passing. The ceremony was attended by the Premier and Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
Brian Litvin originally from Johannesburg South Africa, arrived in Toronto, Canada in the early nineties. Bringing with him his unique blend of South African styles , Brian, either solo, or with his band JABULANI have been performing to audiences across Canada and beyond for more than 25 years. Their infectious captivating music brings the excitement and joie de vie of the Southern African spirit. Together with stories and traditional dance and stories from his motherland, Brian and the band will keep you entertained and lift your spirits.