Dear Van Rosi’s,
Thank you so much for being part of Elimu’s first Toronto fundraising event. You really livened up the atmosphere. And, as you saw we had to eventually send people home. There were lots of tapping feet and wiggling hips. Your music really added a touch of fun and friendship to the event. I hope we’ll get a chance to do this together again next year!God bless you both.
Nina Chung
Founder and CEO
Dear Jimmy and Ligia
I would like to say that the songs performed by the two of you at the recent Canada@150 and Kenya Madaraka Day celebrations in Ottawa, brought back lots of fond memories about my childhood while growing up Nairobi, as they would often be heard on the VoK radio. I will certainly spread the word about your wonderful musical services and look forward to another opportunity to meet in the near future! Nimeshukuru!
George Ogwel
Afrika Revisted - CHUO 89.1FM, Ottawa - Ontario
Dear Jimmy and Ligia
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 Nyabukwesi,
Kenya High Commissioner to Canada and Cuba
Dear Bwana na Bibi Van Rosi,
It's a long time since I witnessed or enjoyed Kenyan Music or rather Kenyan patriotic songs until I attended the KCO Madaraka celebrations last weekend. The funny thing is that the music you entertained us with is so rare in the market that I'm not sure I will get an opportunity to listen to it else where in its entirety. May be this opportunity will come in your other performance that I will have a chance to attend. The Kenya High Commission staff were so touched by your talent and skills in music. We will not hesitate to contact you in future when we have an event or function so that Kenyans in Ottawa can also have a taste and a feel of authentic Kenyan Music.
Waithaka Gachiri,
Financial Attache - Kenya High Commission
The Western Heads East Project held a fundraiser called "In The Market For Western Heads East." Guests arrived to the experience of an East African market with stalls featuring food and wine pairings, art for sale, poster programs of student interns, a silent auction and buskers about the room. Guests entered to the upbeat tempo of Van Rosi who created the vibrant mood of a market with their traditional African folk music. Dignitaries such as the High Commissioners and Ambassadors of Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as the campus community at The University of Western Ontario commented on how the event brought the warmth of Africa to a winter night in London, Ontario. Thank you Jimmy and Ligia Van Rosi for sharing your talent and energy which contributed to the warmth of Africa at the event.
Bob Gough Project Director Western Heads East
University of Western Ontario, London
Hi Jimmy and Ligia,
First I have to say a big thank you for making our East African get together such a fun filled and happy event. Everyone loved your music, which was fabulous. It was so kind of you to generously give up your Sunday, and play for such a long time, and hopefully one of these days we can get together and have a good chat without you being on duty all the time!! I did enjoy the time we had at the end, and Jimmy is a great story teller!!! Thank you too for the CD for the raffle. At the end of the day Judy had collected some cheque donations too, which helped swell her funds for the Kenya projects. Everyone had a wonderful time, and this was one of the best get-togethers we have had, thanks to you both. Asante Sana!!!
June and David Pengelly
Prince of Wales School Reunion


When my husband and I were planning our Wedding, we wanted something a little different for our cocktail hour! We came across Van Rosi on Youtube and fell instantly in love with their energy and music selection! We knew they would be perfect!!!! The time came for the wedding and they were so amazing!! Everyone complimented us all night on the entertainment and the music preformed by Van Rosi! They made my reception PERFECT!!! Their energy, enthusiasm, and their harmonies are pitch perfect!!! If you are looking for some AMAZING entertainment, my husband and I recommend Van Rosi! They will make your event, wedding, party most enjoyable and a true success!!! I will always hire them from now on!!
Mark and Adair Lewandowski
Dear Jimmy and Ligia
We really appreciate that you were able to witness such a happy day for us and our families. Words cannot express our gratitude for the outstanding music you provided at our Wedding BBQ. You made a good party great.
Gary and Joanne Reamey
Dear Jimmy and Ligia
Words cannot express how amazing it was to have the church doors open and walk down the aisle to your gorgeous music. It was such an honor and pleasure to have you both play for us on our special day! Your passion for music is clearly evident in the variety of songs that you played. Your musical talent, exuberance and liveliness were very much appreciated and added so much to the enjoyment of the music at our wedding. Our guests just adored your music and commented on how upbeat it was and not too mention how cheerful you both were to everyone! We would highly recommend you to our family/friends for any special event that they are planning. Michael and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts; having you share your greatest gift of music with us on our wedding day, truly made it that much more special.
Michael, Brenda and Matt
We wanted to express our sincere appreciation for your support and for the entertaining music which you provided during our celebration. We had a great time and so did all of our guests. Thank you again for making our 25th Anniversary a lifelong memory!!!
Milton, Charmaine, Marlon & Conrad D’Mello
Dearest Ligia and Jimmy
Thank you, thank you for performing and making my mother's 80th birthday celebration totally, completely, incredibly UNFORGETABLE. Lots of love
Malusha Marie Charles
The Van Rosi Band is second to none! We have hired them many times to play at our various church functions and special occasions. They are always the high point of the evening. Recently we asked them to play for my husband's 80th birthday and the accolades have not stopped. Everyone attending, of all ages, expressed their delight with the music of the Van Rosi Band. We love you Jimmy and Ligia, your music is just wonderful!
Carolyn and Jim Puersten


The Van Rosi Trio was in Elliot Lake accompanying Elvis Priestly I was at each performance and took a different friend each night, both evenings we enjoyed all the music performed, the guitar music was exceptional. We all would truly like to see them back again in our community and at Gentle Shepherd Church. A friend and I bought your CD and enjoyed it very much, I can say we would like to have a CD with the guitar music that you played those evenings, that would be wonderful to have.
Marilyn Roebuck
May 2017
Dear Jimmy and Ligia
The dust is slowly settling after a wonderful Remembrance service for my dad and you both were a big part of making it special. THANK YOU. I am so grateful for all the time and effort you put into all the songs and especially for allowing Tyson to play along side you. He really enjoyed the experience. I look forward to staying connected.
God Bless.
Erika Mendonca-DeSilva
Hi Jimmy and Ligia.
Just a note to tell you that every one thought that your performance for the Evening at our bi-annual fraternal masonic visit of our American sister lodge was SPECTACULAR! The music was outstanding and both of your personalities blend together like a superb Wine and Cheese. Ligia's smile lit up the whole room, and you could really see that you and Jimmy enjoy what you do. We still get great reviews of the evening. Looking forward to having you perform again.
Take care and thank you
Ken Penchoff
Van Rosi, this dynamic musical duo, turned an ordinary event into a party with their lively music. Their energy and versatility engaged all of us present, stirring us to sing along with old favourites, to dance to great pop songs, or to smile in amazement at songs they've never heard before. Jimmy Van Rosi is a musician of incredible range, singing and playing each song with brilliant flair. Ligia Van Rosi complements him perfectly on keyboard and vocals. Van Rosi tailored an extensive playlist to this event - yet they responded to our requests with charm and flexibility, Ligia going to her capacious "library" of songs to please the audience. And please the audience they do! Van Rosi rocks!
Bernadette Rule,
Poet & Author

Hamilton, Ontario
Dear Jimmy and Ligia
There are no words to even begin to thank you both for your TRULY AMAZING MUSIC!!! You both are sooooo very, very talented and it was largely thanks to you that our Anniversary was such a great success!!! KWELE NA FANYA KAZI YA MUSIKI SAFI KABISA KABISA!!! ASANTE SANA....KABISA KABISA KABISA!!!
The Most Reverend Dorian Baxter
Lord Archbishop of Yorke
The community welcomed back Jimmy & Ligia Van Rosi for a great night out at the Legion. These amazing musicians from Toronto laid the soundtrack for the evening. Delicious treats and toe tapping music brought together a community of individuals to celebrate the coming of summer. It was a fantastic night for all who attended!
Newmarket Flash newspaper
Dundas Community Services was extremely pleased to have Van Rosi as our main entertainment for our 40th anniversary party. They had a great variety of music, spanning almost 50 years that suited everyone's taste. This duo is well worth taking a listen to. You will not be disappointed and you will be very impressed with their versatility. We will definitely have them for another function when the need arises and we highly recommend them.
Lynne Sutton from Co-ordinator Information, Meals on Wheels & Volunteer Services,
Dundas, ON
Dear Jimmy and Ligia,
You really helped turn our fundraiser into a blast of a party. Words are inadequate to fully express our appreciation for everything you did for us at our "Elvis and Friends" fundraiser. You both mean so much - not only for being the warm-hearted people you are but also for the generous way you share your time and talents with others.
Brenda, Patty, Melissa & Jen - on behalf of the Danzig Children
Dear Ligia and Jimmy
Thank you so much for playing for Gary's surprise retirement party. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all, especially the two of us. We really appreciated the fact that you took the time to learn "Jo's Song" so Gary could sing along.
Thanks again and God bless.
Gary & Joanne Reamey
Thanks for an absolutely fantastic evening and the honour to hear you both play, sing and perform and for me to request songs that I wanted to hear. You are firstly both lovely, lovely human beings and secondly fantastic performers and musicians.... let's see this show on the road guys!!!
Tanya Elkington
The Indian Black Butterfly
Dearest Ligia and Jimmy
Just to let you know how super-refined you were at Saturday's memorial Mass for Fr. Pelin. You sure kicked up a few notches. From where I was sitting at the entrance of the church, you sounded like a whole orchestra put together. I haven't heard you in so long and it brought back a lot of good memories and tears. Keep up the good music. Music is a special talent you have.
God Bless you both
Rosie Cabral
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