About Jimmy & Ligia
Jimmy and Ligia Van Rosi were born and brought up in Kenya, East Africa. For 25 years, this husband and wife team have offered a refreshingly different approach to easy listening and dancing music in Ontario.
Jimmy is a seasoned musician and vocalist with more than 45 years experience in the entertainment field. He is a very versatile guitarist and plays the bass, rhythm and lead guitars. He is also a proficient drummer.
Ligia is an experienced keyboard player and vocalist. She is also musical director of a folk choir in Hamilton, Ontario.
Over the years, they have played with various other musicians but now entertain as a duo known as Van Rosi.
From 2007, Van Rosi have performed at various Kenyan occasions both in and around Toronto and for the Kenya High Commission in Ottawa. Van Rosi have also performed at Canadian seniors and veterans' events; the Canadian Legion's celebratory occasions around Ontario; the Rotary and Lion's Clubs events in Northern Ontario; and fund raising events in Dundas, Stoney Creek, Hamilton, Bondhead, Bradford, Peterborough and Toronto.
Van Rosi Gives Back
In 2009, Van Rosi recorded a CD of 15 classic Kiswahili folk songs entitled Kenya Nchi Yetu (Kenya our country). This CD is available over the internet on iTunes and Amazon.com. A percentage of the proceeds go to support 2 charities in Kenya that assist AIDS-orphaned children by providing them with food, clean water, education and assistance in finding foster families.
Some Reviews of our Latest CD
"The music on the CD is full of melody and your voices are like cream and sugar!"
"I have reviewed the CD and I love it. I would like to order 2 copies of the CD."
"We are blessed to have you both, the Artists, come home and deliver the CDs and share your experiences with us. This was truly an amazing time you spent with us. The depth of your work in producing the CD is immeasurable!!!
Some Reviews of our Performances
This is to say a big THANK YOU for your support during the Jamhuri Day Celebrations.You turned up in good time and gave your best to our guests.Most of my colleagues from diplomatic missions were very impressed by your singing of the national anthems.All were happy and they have very kind words to say about your music.I may never get sufficient words to express my gratitude but kindly take this email as my heartfelt appreciation of your friendship with me,with Kenyans and patriotism to our country,Kenya.It is sad that we did not have time to chat because i left for another appointment when you were still on stage.I hope we shall have chance in the near future for interaction to reflect on a few things as we plan for future events.I wish you God's blessings for the season.
Simon Nabukwesi, High Commission of Kenya
"We really appreciate that you were able to witness sucha happy day for us and our families. Words cannot express our gratitude for the outstanding music you provided at our BBQ. You made a good party great.
Gary and Joanne Reamey
"This being our first Easter event, you gave the event a great "kick-off" start. You thoughtfully spruced things up with a number of Swahili pieces….which got everyone stomping on the floor. You made everyone's day a special one."
M.L. Fifty Five Plus Goan Association
"Your performance at my 65th birthday displayed clarity, crispness and enthusiasm that perfectly matched the spirit of the occasion. Many thanks for making this a most memorable birthday."
R.F. Newmarket, Ontario
"Your distinctive line-up of songs combines a friendly and charismatic stage presence with the finest musicianship, offering something to everyone."