Moments captured by Taiwo Bah
Words by Chinedu Ukabam
“Yesterday was the hottest day of the Toronto summer so far. Humidity so thick, the city issued a heat warning that sent people scampering to the nearest air conditioned enclosure. It was the type of heat that would make someone want to throw a trash can through the front window of a pizza parlor.
Instead a few people trooped out, from all ends of the city, to dance, eat and just hang out at an undisclosed location that turned out to be a parking lot in the middle of nowhere. Nowhere being an unassuming little spot on a street lined with auto repair shops, wholesale warehouses and wine grape importers. As far as possible from everything else happening in the city core at that moment.
And it was amazing! Everybody was melting together. Each sticky hesitant hug or dap quickly dismissed with “It’s okay we are ALL sweating”. The sweet smokey aroma of jerked chicken and roasted plantain drifted from the charcoal grill while the music from Deemaks, Camron and Revy B played on…1 hour past closing time…into the hours of dusk when elongated shadows and then silhouettes come out to join the dance. Afrobeats, Soca and Trap music spilled out into the streets and bounced off the tree trunks into the park opposite.
Then just like that it was over. And there was nothing left but a patchy concrete parking lot with four rented picnic tables. Like the proverbial man who ate a feast alone, wiped his mouth clean and fixed his countenance like nothing had happened.”
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