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Bruno Capinan_by Filipe Catto

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Last fall, when we were approached by Laura Nanni, Artistic and Managing Director of SummerWorks Performance Festival, about curating a performance as part of the 2019 edition of Progress, we knew right away that we wanted to work with Bruno Capinan. This was in November 2018, in the time right after the right-wing extremist Jair Bolsonaro was elected as president of Brazil. Capinan had just published a widely distributed OpEd in The Globe & Mail titled “In Jair Bolsonaro, we are seeing a truer reflection of what Brazil really is”. The piece is gut wrenching and eye opening, detailing some of his story as a young, gay, Afro-Brazilian growing up without acceptance and eventually fleeing to Canada as a refugee.Now… we’ve known Bruno both personally and professionally for many years. In fact, Uma Nota has worked with him a number of times in the past, in both his solo project and during his time as lead singer of Mar Aberto Soundsystem. Most recently we booked him as the opening act for our sold out concert with Liniker e os Caramelows last July. His unique voice and style have been intriguing to us both on and off stage. But this article, with it’s glimpse into his personal history and politics made us want to delve deeper into his performance as an act of creative resistance in the face of rising populism, both in Brazil and here in Canada.As it happens, Capinan was in the final stages of recording his upcoming album ‘real’, and was eager to give Toronto audiences a first listen, so our presentation of ‘real real’ was born. We teamed up with VJ Notivago (currently on tour in Brazil doing video for Anitta!), to create original video for the show tying in some of the themes that he explores in his music and through his own narrative.Bruno will be performing with João Leão (synth and guitar) and a three piece string section featuring Tanya Charles (violin), Mariel Gonzalez (cello), and Brielle Goheen (viola). The show plays one night only, Saturday February 16th at The Theatre Centre as part of the fourth edition of Progress, an international festival of performance and ideas that brings together progressive performance work from across the globe and expands the conversation around possibilities for performance and form. A bit more about Progress...Innovative in its programming model, Progress is collectively curated. Abandoning the traditional notion of singular, top-down artistic direction, the Festival brings together a different collection of curatorial partner organizations each year, enabling a diversity of perspective and representation that reflects the complexity and diversity of contemporary society. 2019 curatorial partners partners include the red light district, Native Earth Performing Arts, Uma Nota Culture, The Power Plant, FADO Performance Art Centre, SummerWorks Performance Festival, The Theatre Centre, and Why Not Theatre.Uma Nota will also be partnering with Progress on the festival’s closing party. The party starts at 10 (right after real real), at The Theatre Centre and features DJ Hadara (formerly J.Lai), and a live performance from Toronto’s best hidden secret, Nego Mozambique. We’ve been wanting to hear some new music from Nego Mozambique for a while now!! This party is free and not-to-be-missed. Stay tuned here for more on the party later this week!Tickets: $25To learn more.. Check out this interview in yohomo with Zymbul Fkara.

The year that passed and the year to come

Liniker presented by Uma Nota & LMAC. pic: ANna Encheva

Liniker presented by Uma Nota & LMAC. pic: ANna Encheva

This year that passed was awesome. Many cool productions, collaborations, and artist residencies made 2018 special. Let's break it down…

We started the year with our Winter Nite, giving props our Brazil-phile roots with the real deal samba troupe Batucada Carioca. Speaking of which, this year's Winter Nite is the awesomest. Check the link.One of the early highlights in April was a full on reggae explosion with the Human Rights 10 year anniversary. The night was an indoor, fully packed block party, self produced at the restored Vaudeville theatre The Redwood. The Human Rights rocked it along with special guests Ammoye, Exco Levi, Kultcha Ites and so many more...

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For a couple weeks in July, we had our first visiting Artist in Residence with the return to Toronto of the indelible, ultra charming (and equally frustrating hehehe) Jerusa Leão, who came presenting her solo show Saraváh  as well as a re-boot of everybody's favorite forró rabecado, Maria Bonita & the Band, of course, with Jerusa in the front, killing it. To say her vibe is infectious would be an understatement. She also guested with Maracatu Mar Aberto singing alongside Flavia Nascimento on several occasions, including at Guelph's super awesome Hillside Festival.

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Perhaps our most memorable show was presenting together  Lula Music & Arts Centre and Polyphonic Ground, the great Liniker e os Caramelows. The show went OFFFFF! Soooooo much fun and groundbreaking for Toronto and the Brazilian community here. The soulful sounds kept us vibing all night long

Liniker all intimate. pic: Anna Encheva

Liniker all intimate. pic: Anna Encheva

.Beyond these great shows, on contract working with Small World Music, UN artistic director, Alex  assisted in programming several acts as part of their incredible festival, (including Tdot Batu w/ special guests, Las Cafeteras AMAZING 100, Soukustek & Baobá). UNC also worked closely with RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) during the Manifesto Festival, and to top it off, we rocked Vox Sambou's CD release at the Baby G in Toronto! Again, these last two were co-productions with Polyphonic Ground.

Finally, this year we went to España (and Catalunya), to Barcelona, Andalusia and Islas Canarias for WOMEX, the World Music Expo, where we met with like minded artists and presenters, including our friends Liniker e os Caramelows and a crew of peeps from Latin America, Brazil, and beyond. We learned lots and made mad connections there. One special encounter was with Jabu Morales, a super talent, an old friend and the sister of Toronto's own Aline Morales.

WOMEX with tha cool peeps. From left to right: Tamar Ilana of Ventanas, Kristyn Ann from Uma Nota, Alex from Uma Nota, Jabu Morales and DJ Mukambo (Benjamin Tollet)

WOMEX with tha cool peeps. From left to right: Tamar Ilana of Ventanas, Kristyn Ann from Uma Nota, Alex from Uma Nota, Jabu Morales and DJ Mukambo (Benjamin Tollet)

So a lot of good stuff this past year with Uma Nota... look out for 2019! Including our first event of the year, Winter Nite, and something groundbreaking as part of the Progess Festival: real real  with Bruno Capinan, plus a new festival in July. Keep your ear to the ground to hear the rumblin's a-comin'! Much love and happy new year! May all our dreams and aspirations move forward!All the best Toronto and beyond! One love! 

Feb 16 at the Theatre Centre in Toronto, co-pro with Summerworks

Feb 16 at the Theatre Centre in Toronto, co-pro with Summerworks

Winter Nite: Soukustek & Maracatu Mar Aberto

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Bring the heat on the cold Winter Nite. January 5th, inside the Garrison, we start the year with the blessings. Dance to good music that moves your mind body and soul.Uninhibited, liminal, and fully expressive dance party magic for a winter nite. Get ready for the afro-tropic sounds of Soukustek and Maracatu mar Aberto and DJs, the great General Eclectic + Juana Go-Go, bringing you beats and melodies from the flip side. Everybody welcome, no shame, no spectators. crowd uma notaSoukustek Soukustek combines the rhythm and sound of guitars that arrived from Africa in the 70s and blends them with the sounds of the Colombian Caribbean. Soukustek is dance, joy, and history. It is Africa in Colombia, the music of the pico culture, live on stage. Bring the champeta!SoukustekMaracatu Mar Aberto One of the original drum troupes of Uma Nota that never, ever fails to bring the crowd to that next level of awesomeness! The emotive rhythm of the open sea, Maracatu Mar Aberto is Toronto’s underground percussive sound. With beats, movement and song, Mar Aberto brings the heavy tide of street festivals from Recife, Brazil.See you January 5th on the dance floor at the Garrison!

Vox Sambou live! Fall Edition

 uma_nota_fall2018_facebookOk ok ok... Another night of uninhibited dancing  coming up... buy tickets!The last time Vox Sambou played in Toronto was at Uma Nota back in 2015, he and his band lit Geary Lane on absolute FIRE. My favourite part was actually after his set had ended, when he, his bassist, and Toronto's Lady Son, free-styled over some dubby tracks the DJ was throwing down.image (1)Vox figuratively represents half the world in his show. The Haitian-born, Montreal-based musician and activist rocks the mic in five languages, without shame and with so much flow.  Expect some beautiful energy, as he is fresh off a tour in Brazil and will be celebrating the release of his latest EP, Eritaj. Vox Sambou has been called “a key figure on the progressive front of the Rap Kreyòl movement”, and blends the traditional music of Haiti with Afro-Latin grooves, Afrobeat, reggae and hip hop. A charming and engaging performer who is known for his captivating and interactive performances, merging the stage and dancefloor with powerful vibes... all that's missing is YOU!DJ support by two of Toronto's best tropical selectors, Juana Go-gó and DJ General Eclectic!Last but not least on the bill is María Chávez, here for the X Avant XIII hosted by the Music Gallery. She will be spinning a dance set to move you.Screen Shot 2018-10-04 at 12.09.28 AMExpect more than your average Toronto indie concert! This is a participatory party and a dance floor celebration!Everyone welcome!Doors open at 10pmLimited $10 advanced tickets availableCopresented by Revolutions Per Minute and Polyphonic Ground

Liniker e os Caramelows: Live in Toronto!

Liniker e Os Caramelows 01_Foto - Leila PenteadoFor the first time ever in Canada, ground-breaking and award-winning Liniker e os Caramelows direct from São Paulo, Brazil.Fronted by captivating transgender vocalist Liniker Barros, Liniker e os Caramelows create a contemporary sound dubbed 'Brazilian Soul', which combines soul with the tropical heritage of MPB, resulting in a beautiful, emotional and energetic show. Looking deep into the eyes of the audience – you don’t have to speak Portuguese to be completely entranced, it’s universal! Liniker's music speaks for itself but her presence on the stage is part of a greater movement. Check the AltLatino NPR article.The band rose to prominence in October 2015 with the YouTube release CRU, followed by their award-winning and lauded September 2016 studio album, REMONTA. After wowing crowds in Austin at SXSW in both 2017 and 2018, this summer marks Liniker's first performance in Canada!Co-presented by Uma Nota Culture, Lula Music and Arts and Polyphonic Ground in association with Sarau Brazil.Very limited early-bird tickets $20 **** SOLD OUT ****Regular Advance Tickets $33.50available online HERE.Facebook Event.Dinner Reservations guarantee seating at Lula Loungehttps://www.lula.ca/ or 416-588-0307 to reserve

The Human Rights: 10 years of hard hitting live reggae

P1010974-2Ok so back in... geez when was..? Damn... In 2012,  The Human Rights rocked one of our best, most packed and super awesome shows. It was so much fun.Now, six years later, Toronto reggae collective The Human Rights celebrates 10 years of hard hitting live performance with the best of Canada's reggae scene! We can't even believe it. This show is action packed with super special guests: AmmoyeExco Levi, Kultcha Ites, Dubmatix, Tdot Batu, and Maracatu Mar Aberto, among many others. It all goes down on April 7, 2018 at The Redwood, 1300 Gerrard Street in Toronto, which may be a bit east for some west end denizens, but hey there is 24hr streetcar access.BUY TICKETSClassic Track by The Human Rights... Bring the positive vibe.Toronto is fertile ground for reggae music. A large Jamaican and greater Caribbean populace, and all the extended relations, have made island sounds very familiar to the whole Torontonian and Canadian population. Summer in TO, for at least 60 years, has always had Caribbean music at festivals around the city, influencing kids from all walks of immigrant and non-immigrant life. The crossover from soul music to reggae is second nature for many musicians playing the clubs around town. The history of this scene goes deep. David Dacks' piece about the history of reggae in TO  put it best:The history of reggae in Toronto, one of the strongest cities in the world for this genre and its offshoots, can't merely be a rundown of notable bands -- it's bound up in an infrastructure of musicians, venues, promoters and record stores. It's also about the tension of artists trying to succeed in both Canada and in the reggae universe with Jamaica as its axis.It is from this incredible love and influence of reggae music and Jamaican culture in Toronto that The Human Rights came to be. In the spring of 2008 three veterans of the Toronto reggae music scene decided to take a chance and come together with four bright eyed, freshly graduated, music school students to form an original conscious modern-roots-reggae band. Months later they found themselves on stage in front of a sold out Phoenix Concert Hall opening for one of the biggest names in reggae music, Gregory Isaacs!  The spark caught fire and ten years later, The Human Rights are still at the top of their musical game.Check the new singleThe Human Rights specialize in original, high-energy, modern roots reggae with a mix of jazz, funk and R&B influences. The band is fronted by Juno nominee Friendlyness (formerly of Culture Shock & Big Sugar) and Juno nominee Tréson on lead vocals and features a blazing three-piece horn section, two stellar guitar players, and a rock steady riddim section, topped off by legendary reggae keyboardist Bernie Pitters (Toots and the Maytals, Hit Squad, Leroy Brown, Sly & Robbie). A lot of talent in this little project.Since the release of their debut CD 'One Thing' in 2010, The Human Rights have played well over 100 live shows, and released singles for 'Right Now', 'Take A Stance' and 'Old School Track' which spent a record 44 weeks on the listener-voted Rebel Vibez Top Ten Chart. Other highlights include opening for seminal Reggae legends such as John Holt,  Beres Hammond, and Freddie McGreggor recording live for Big City, Small World on CBC Radio One, and a song placement in the Trailer Park Boys movie, 'Don’t Legalize It'. Produced by Big Sugar frontman and Canadian music icon Gordie Johnson, their 2016 self-titled album is The Human Rights’ most ambitious record yet, a powerful statement that the heartbeat of roots Reggae in Canada has never been stronger.So there you have it... The Human Rights, now 10 years old, is proud to host everybody at The Redwood for an emotional, reggae filled celebration of their time spent hustling music and performance in Toronto and Canada. Uma Nota is proud to play a part in this unique, once only production, bringing together various tribes from across the city. Get on that streetcar, take that cab or Uber, call your friends in the East end, call your peeps in Scarborough, bring out all the love for The Human Rights 10 year anniversary. One love. Peace.human_rights_12year_march2018_instagram_2

Future Primitive and Papi Chulo!

Future PrimitiveAre you ready for digital and analogue waves from the tropical flip-side? We got a double bill coming at you, in a neighbourhood joint, with some pretty good sound called the Baby G.Uma Nota and Futuro Libre present Future Primitive and Papi Chulo. Check the write ups and videos below and see you at The Baby G, 1608 Dundas Street West in Toronto. Get TicketsFuture PrimitiveClassic Latin and Caribbean styles with raw, emotive and catchy songwriting come together to bring the tropical soul music in a nascent, pure form. Their sound connects the dots between the here and now of modern Toronto life, with the sounds of their and many of our collective childhood roots in immigrant Toronto.Papi ChuloAs a founding member and the singer of festival favourites Psychotropical Orchestra, Montrealer Mariano Franco mastered the craft of moving crowds, while moving indie pop into fresh, new territory with a Latino twist. With his latest project, Papi Chulo, Franco has come back to the most basic thing — the beat. With erotic nightmares in a steaming blacklight rainforest and shamanic hallucinations spliced into an X-rated VHS-era narco-thriller, Papi Chulo will possess your body in the most intimate waysShare this event!qeceqc

Winter Nite

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Once again, we bring the heat and good vibes to this Tdot winter of contentment in frigid temperatures. We have the very best djs and the real deal raw samba of Batucada Carioca. It all happens at Super Wonder Gallery right on College Street near Clinton. What makes this jam fun is the liberty of expression, come out and feel no shame and dance bc no one cares. Click the link above for your advance tickets.Batucada Carioca, are old school alumnae of Uma Nota dating back to the days when the jam was at the Gladstone Hotel. They are led by the effervescent Maninho Costa, a true samba percussion master, born into the tradition inn Rio de Janeiro. For this little gig he has brought together his "nove de ouro" or the "nine of gold," a small group of Batucada's ace players locked in a groove so tight that the surdos and repenique promise to pull you from within and create a bridge between earth and some other-wordily realm of pure bliss. Check our old school blog post that gives you a full breakdown of Batucada, including more pics and video.BatucadaJ Laijenny cutJennifer Laiwint, or better known these days as J Lai, is an artist through and through, dabbling in visual art, Capoeira Angola, and in the last few years making an impact as a dj that moves the dance- floor. She brings a dancehall tip, some baile funk, RnB, electro-tropical and global and Baltimore club mixes for all. Check her mix below.The indelible General Eclectic. General Eclectic is the resident dj and co-founder of Uma Nota, and one of the most popular and well versed djs in Toronto. His crates go deep and his ability to play across genres and always bring the crowd to a groove is legendary. We won't go on about him too much, but he's been called a million dollar dj.And.... (drum roll) debut-ing this jam... dj Win-win! Our homegirl Winnie is gonna show us what she's got and get the jam rolling. Mad styles Winnie, originally from Halifax, is known her fun house parties, playing with Maracatu Mar Aberto, hanging in Kensington Market, and generally cutting a rug on the dance-floor at a number of jams around the world. Let's call it global influenced electronic dance music. Come early and check out the Win-win situation. See you all at Uma Nota Winter Nite!The Win-win situation.  

Doctor Nativo: Cumbia-Reggae Party

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Yes yes we are back... Since we've been digging the cumbia and reggae for years, we thought we'd bring those vibes back and present an artist that embodies both of those styles and just happens to be pulling through Toronto right about now... Doctor Nativo.Direct from Guatemala, Doctor Nativo’s music explores themes of Mayan spirituality, social justice, and folk wisdom. Punctuated by an explosive sound combining reggae, cumbia, hip hop, and Mayan traditional music, his live show is a powerful experience that has captivated audiences all throughout Turtle Island and Europe. Check the video below.Doctor Nativo first made his name in the Guatemalan hip hop scene working with the highly acclaimed group Bacteria Soundsystem Crew. After years of combining reggae and hip hop, he began to explore his indigenous roots under the guidance of the elder Tata Pedro. In pursuing this path, he formed the first Mayan rap group, Balam Ajpu, who are known throughout Mayan communities for rapping in Tz'tujil, celebrating the traditional cosmology, and sharing their culture with a wider audience.Building on this success, Doctor Nativo has recorded his first solo album, Guatemaya, this year. With an infectious sound reminiscent of Manu Chao and Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto, it will appeal to fans of world music and those interested in indigenous culture.Rounding up the line-up will be DJs Juana Gó-Gó and Ontario Bananas with the classic Latin venial and tropical bass, respectively. A small maracatu performance by Toronto's Mar Aberto is also on the bill. Yes... we are crawling out of a slow hibernation to a winter of tropical culture in TO.Come feel the old school flavour... Uma Nota in the area.Nati Waxaqib batz Austria 

African, Latin and Tropical sounds: Uma Nota meets Batuki on Polyphonic Ground

Uma Nota/Batuki Present @ Polyphonic GroundThe Uma Nota energia is strong in this one!Together with Batuki Music, a presenter of African music and art, join us for our Polyphonic Ground co-presentation of Beny Esguerra & New Tradition, Matatu Express, and The Future Primitive at Revival Bar on Thursday, October 12, 2017.Matatu Express will bless us with Ghanaian highlife and palm wine, East African benga and rumba, Malagasy salegy and blues, while the fiery Beny Esguerra & New Tradition Music mix live hip-hop/RnB soul with an Afro-Colombian percussive edge. The Future Primitive (with our own founding resident DJ and graphic artist General Eclectic on the drum kit) fuse classic Latin American and Caribbean styles with raw, emotive and catchy songwriting into a blend they call “Tropical Soul” music.This show has everything to do with why we started Uma Nota. When our events started at the Gladstone, we'd have parties with live acts like a West African drumming and dance on the same bill as our resident Afro-Brazilian Maracatu percussion group and a guest DJ spinning hip-hop and classic funk.Now we have a new opportunity to participate in a widening of our musical and cultural lens here in the city as one of the collective of presenters behind the new musical discovery series Polyphonic Ground. With this initiative, a project under the Small World Music Society umbrella, we're able to bring more bands playing even more sounds to a bigger stage, and pair up with new collaborators and important artists in our communities.A New TraditionStarting off our Polyphonic night is Beny Esguerra & New Tradition, an interactive project exploring the concepts of tradition and change through the production of a multidisciplinary performance featuring spoken word, music, song, dance and design. Best described as: afro-native Colombian music from an inner city perspective via Jane-Finch, Tkaronto. Ancestral musical styles + urban cultural expressions = New Tradition.

“The story or prophecy says at one point there were no borders, and the condor and the eagle were united. Around the time of colonization, when the land began to be divided, the condor went towards the south and eagle went towards the north. Now we’re in the cycle where the prophecy says that we’re coming back together as we go back to our traditional ways,” explains Beny Esguerra, a Bogotá-born, Toronto-based spoken words artist and arts educator.

Here's some of New Tradition's stellar Mundial Montreal showcase last year.Beny (aka Ruben) and his crew are longtime community artist-activist-educators and in addition to their artistic, and cross-cultural youth leadership work in Toronto and the GTA, the group toured this summer and led youth programs at places like Harrison Lake Arts Festival in B.C.They always bring an excellent show, so come early to catch theirs and all three live acts.Performing as the second band onstage for this night, Matatu Express is a curative project by Batuki Music Society that promises to keep you dancing non-stop as the set list presented encompasses the beautiful melodies and intoxicating rhythms of today’s popular African music.The performers in this new Toronto supergroup include local legends Donne Roberts, Madagascar Slim, Adam “Professor” Solomon, Pa Joe, Kofi Ackah, Ebenezer Agyekum and West-African dancer Mabinty Sylla.Matatu ExpressWe're also excited to co-present for the first time with Batuki Music Society, which is an incorporated non-profit community-based organization that promotes African music and art through performances at music venues throughout the year and culminating into a weekend festival at the end of the programming season. Big ups to Batuki for the excellent recent Habari Festival 2017 at Harbourfront Centre as well and remember to check out NOW Magazine's profile on Batuki's Nadine McNulty.And up last to blast us into the night with grooves will be Toronto's freshest live act, The Future Primitive. They're a new six-piece who fuse classic Latin American and Caribbean styles with raw, emotive and catchy songwriting that they like to call "Tropical Soul" music. At the heart of their sound lies a desire to connect the dots between the here and now of modern Toronto life, with the traditional sounds of their childhood roots (four of the six members are of Latin American heritage).This will be the group's "large-scale" debut performance and we look forward to hearing and seeing The Future Primitive onstage!Come visit us in our new playground ... Polyphonic Ground! Polyphonic Ground Presents BENY ESGUERRA & NEW TRADITION, MATATU EXPRESS and THE FUTURE PRIMITIVE Co-Presented by Batuki Music and Uma Nota CultureRevival Bar, 783 College Street, Toronto Thursday, October 12, 2017 Doors 8 p.m. Show 9 p.m. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door Facebook event pageMore information and press contacts

Toronto music presenters unite to form Polyphonic Ground

Polyphonic GroundThere's a new initiative to help connect the oodles of culturally diverse music we have here in Toronto with audiences who are "culturally curious" and looking for these kinds of discoveries right here in our city. Uma Nota is proud to be a part of Polyphonic Ground, a freshly formed collaboration between 12 local music presenters who, like us, are "committed to building and sustaining Toronto as a global music city."Here are a few of the key points, as mentioned in the recent press release, and a little bit about how and why we're opting into this initiative.The missionPolyphonic Ground strives to "provide points of connection for artists and audiences, strengthen industry practices and be a united voice to government, business and industry. " This means strength in numbers. It means we'll shout out one another's events from time to time, work together on issues like access to cultural sector resources and grant opportunities, improving conditions around putting on special events like music and arts festivals in Toronto and other key matters that affect all of us as small- to medium-sized presenters.In a recent article in NOW Magazine, our colleague Kayla McGee, who is the managing director of Small World Music and the community lead for Polyphonic Ground, notes that we in Toronto lack any real "infrastructure for live music presenters" and, until now, there haven't been "shared platforms to allow us to work and grow together."

"We want to present live music that draws in the culturally curious," says McGee. "With the double-bill series, we encourage audience curiosity, discovery and an exploration of the amazing array of musical talents available to Toronto audiences. Audiences can experience African and Persian music together in one night, or Latin vibes and Indigenous drums, or Bollywood and Klezmer. The possibilities are endless."

The partnersOur partners in this new collaboration include many familiar local presenters. Some are organizations with whom we've already co-produced shows and events, and others with whom we're looking forward to a closer working relationship.The initial 12 member organizations involved in Polyphonic Ground are: Ashkenaz Foundation, Batuki Music Society, Good Kind Productions, iNative, Link Music Lab, Lula Music & Arts Centre, MonstrARTity Creative Community, Music Africa, Revolutions Per Minute, Small World Music Society and World Fiddle Day Toronto, along with Uma Nota Culture (our official production company name -- yes, it's also our social media handle).The music seriesWe've long been champions of musical discoveries, especially at our events where someone might come to check out their friend drumming away in a Brazilian percussion troupe, and take in a great Afrobeat band or a local DJ who spins rare dub. In that same spirit of discovery, the first Polyphonic Ground concert series kicks off this fall. In this series, two of the partner organizations will be paired up to co-produce a double-bill that aims to introduce audiences to new music from right here in Toronto. These monthly concerts, designed to foster widespread musical discovery in the city, begin on September 14 with Ashkenaz Foundation and Small World Music Society, followed by Batuki Music and Uma Nota presenting on October 12, Link Music Lab and Good Kind Productions present November 9, and Lula Music & Arts and Music Africa co-presenting December 14. These events will take place at Revival Bar, 783 College St., on the second Thursday of the month starting in September. Artists will be announced soon. The growth opportunitiesThis isn't only a new concert series. The initiative also has the goal of increasing "access to training and leadership and bolstering professional development opportunities within the music industry." Here's a bit of what that looks like, for starters: An upcoming Diversity & Live Music panel discussion series; a Developing Diverse Leaders program "with the goal of empowering young talent through mentorship"; and Best Practice Workshops led by music industry experts.The take-awayIn short: This is gonna be awesome.Sign up for the Polyphonic Ground newsletter and follow PG on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter via the website.And stay tuned for our October 12 show announcement with Batuki Music Society as part of the initial concert series. (Update Sept. 25: lineup and tickets here; new post coming up)Video: Maracatu Mar Aberto and special guests perform on the Small World Music stage in a "Brazilian Grooves" concert co-produced by Uma Nota Culture and the Small World Music Society as part of in/future, a transformational art experience that took place on the West Island of Ontario Place in September 2016.

Chicano Batman in Toronto!

Chicano BatmanSo Chicano Batman, in the words of Toronto Latinx cultural producer and influencer, Sergio Elmir "a very very good band" from LA, will be in Toronto on April 4th at the Velvet Underground, presented by Embrace. Do not miss this show! Tickets here!Chicano Batman2They come out of L.A., four young men in vintage formalwear, playing songs that blend Brazilian Tropicalía with early ’70s psychedelic soul and the romantic pop of bands like Los Ángeles Negros. It is an immediately addictive sonic brew, and their reputation has been growing fast. Since forming in 2008, Chicano Batman have released two full-length albums—a self-titled 2009 debut, and 2014’s Cycles Of Existential Rhyme—and two EPs. The band has played Coachella, and toured with Alabama Shakes and Jack White, among others. Now, they’re making their boldest statement yet with Freedom Is Free, their third album and ATO Records debut. Tuesday night good times.. don't miss 

Bargain Bash! Uma Nota and Footprints in An Honest Farewell

Anyone who's lived in Toronto for some time knows about Honest Ed's. For decades of Toronto's history, the big, tacky store at Bathurst and Bloor was THE destination for cheap housewares, gaudy colour schemes and corny puns on hand-painted signs. ("Welcome, don't faint at our low prices, there's no place to lie down" and "Only the floors are crooked!" are just a couple of examples.)In a recent post, Judith Cohen, an ethnomusicologist, folk musician and longtime member of the Uma Nota community (she's also the mother of performing artist Tamar Ilana), remembers some of the things she'd find at her "corner store" of 33 years.

“Everything” included... VHS tapes (back in the day)! The lowest pharmacy fees. Toothpaste.  Photo albums at a fraction of camera store prices. Batteries. Coffee mugs. Kettles. Shower curtains. Socks. Kitchen clocks. Boots. Tinned sardines. Italian and Portuguese cooking oil. Light bulbs. Toys. When my daughter was little, I could outfit her for a summer for $20.Non-stick (sort of) frying pans. Bath towels, and beach towels with improbable designs. Blue jeans with only a few loose threads.  Sturdy fall jackets. Dubious Birkenstock sandal imitations. Plastic lawn chairs. Bookshelves. Picture frames. Knitting wool. Clothes drying racks. Garish skirts and blouses labeled, with insouciant mendaciousness, “Fashion.” Hanukkah candles and chocolate coins, and for Passover, kosher matzah, grape juice and candied fruit.

The store's fame owed much to the late Ed Mirvish himself, an outgoing and jovial character whose giant retail operation paved the way for the Mirvish theatre production empire and the beloved Mirvish Village area on Markham St. beside the store. The theatre productions will continue, but the village will meet its end when the store, long since sold off, is demolished, turned into condos and retail units by its new owners. (The famous giant illuminated sign is being relocated to the Mirvish Theatre in the Entertainment District, The Globe and Mail reports.)While the "the longest goodbye in retail history," which included sales of all those hand-painted signs and the last of many clearance items, finished up on Dec. 31, 2016, there's a final series of events taking place in the giant old building in the Annex, and we invite you to participate.Design by General EclecticIt's all happening as part of a four-day sendoff called An Honest Farewell, organized as part of the Toronto For Everyone "co-creating our city" initiative by The Centre for Social Innovation."We believe that Toronto can be the global model for inclusivity, community and social innovation," the Toronto For Everyone website explains. "Honest Ed’s may be closing its doors, but Ed’s legacy is his unique ability to foster community can carry on. For years, Ed opened his doors to immigrant families, hosted street parties and gave away free turkeys. Now it’s time for us to carry the torch through all of our city and community building initiatives, starting with TO4E this February 23-26, 2017."Honest Ed's get-down finale is called Bargain Bash (tickets here), happening on Saturday, February 25 starting at 9 p.m."Join us as we bring together some of the hottest dance parties in Toronto, all under one roof, for one truly epic Saturday night farewell extravaganza," T4EO invites. "Explore the newly empty rooms transformed, bask in palpable nostalgia and find yourself on one of three dance floors, participating in a night made for the history books."Featuring:

  • Footprints DJs Jason Palma and General Eclectic. Live Afro-Brazilian drumming performance by Maracatu Mar Aberto (presented by Uma Nota).
  • Electro Swing TO, Toronto's original speakeasy dance party, featuring resident DJs Medicineman & The Great Grantsby.
  • Hip hop, dancehall, soca, reggae, afrobeats and good music brought to you by Dre Ngozi and DJ Bambii.

This is a special one-off jam for the Bargain Bash festivities.Our groove affair goes down in the former Bad Boy space on Bathurst, and features the deep dance floor vinyl selections of Footprints DJs Jason Palma and General Eclectic with the polyrhythmic release of an Uma Nota live show, represented here with powerful Afro-Brazilian Maracatu rhythms and songs.[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSfsypAACdw[/embed]At Bargain Bash, we present Maracatu Mar Aberto, whose thundering bass drums and rich, layered percussion hold the rhythm for beautiful Afro-Brazilian songs. Performing as a special guest with the maracatu drummers is Brazilian vocalist and past Uma Nota featured artist Flávia Nascimento, an award-winning singer/songwriter living in Quebec and recording original Brazilian-Canadian music.

Foot Prints LIVE DJ Mix - April 27th, 2013 Part 1 by Footprints Toronto on Mixcloud

Meanwhile, with a shared belief that you can't know your future until you know your past, Footprints DJs Jason Palma and General Eclectic showcase their unique all-inclusive approach to DJing and crate-digging at the monthly, vinyl-heavy open format dance party. Steadily packed with soulful dancers for the past 14+ years, Footprints is where Palma and G.E. connect the dots between wide varieties of music, from Funk, Soul, Disco, Afrobeat, Latin and Brazilian to Dub, Reggae, Electro, House and Hip Hop.What else can you expect? How about custom visual projections by Pleasurecraft Studio, an opening drum and horn parade  into the space to honour the local community and history, and other surprises.Stay current on party updates with our Facebook event page and join us for Bargain Bash on February 25, along with Electroswing TO and Manifesto's High Power crew, and celebrate the official farewell party for Honest Ed's.

Our Latin Thing - Futuro Libre

15542413_1890266511194861_1980492393401362097_nFuturo Libre, a brand new cultural production house in Toronto, brings it with a special holiday jam, Our Latin Thing, on Thursday December 29th, 2016. Los Poetas and Beny Esguerra & New Tradition athrow down their best stuff.screen-shot-2016-12-27-at-2-54-50-pmLos PoetasWith members hailing from El Salvador, Chile, Argentina, Panama and Colombia, via Canada, Latin Hip Hop collective Los Poetas sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard before. Led by park bench philosophers Louwop and Che Uno and Vancouver-based producer Vago, supported by DJ Grouch, guest MC Afantu and visual artist Leche, and backed by a smoking salsa band live, Los Poetas is the sort of group that could only be centred in a major multicultural city like Toronto, Canada.[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ9peSq7gbc[/embed]Beny Esguerra & New TraditionBeny and New Tradition recently killed it at Montreal music showcase Mundial. Their show was electric and definitely impressed everyone in the audience. A true form of world music naturally vibing off different styles to make that infectious tropical music, and whose lyrics can attest, is wholly conscious and from the heart. His new album, Return of Kuisi,  is powerful, unites tribes and makes you dance.benyesguerranewtraditionNew Tradition Multi Arts Show features an interactive performance project through spoken word, music, songs, dance and visual arts. while creating bridges across musical genres, the original compositions incorporate ancient instruments such as the over 2000 year old indigenous kuizi bunzi flute (a.k.a. Colombian gaita) with more recent instruments such as the turntables. With the use of a human beatboxer and a DJ as a significant components of the bands sonic identity the ensemble can maintain its original sound while performing with as many as thirteen musicians all the way down to three, making the show adaptable to various performance contexts.[embed]http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHJ7MGIgVU8%20[/embed] This show is not to be missed. catch these acts as they trail blaze into the futuro libre.

in/future Transformative Art Experience

in-future-ben-watt-meyer-fb-crop-photo-bryne-mclaughlin-1024x538in/future is totally awesome. The arts & music festival brings together a whole lot of beautiful ingredients for a truly innovative and art-inspiring experience. Here are three reasons to go for the final weekend.It’s at Ontario Place. For Torontonians (especially over-30 peeps), it is super nostalgic, and regardless, this ‘70s/’80s on-the-lake world of the future, park of revelry, even in its current abandoned state, is an inspiring setting. In last week’s NOW Magazine cover story on the festival, one of the festival programmers, Layne Hinton, said: "We're taking all our cues from the West Island and Ontario Place and its history. It's interesting because they built the space with all these futuristic ideas and utopian models, but they were also referencing something from the recent past. So we've been interested in that relationship, the play of time the site seems to hold." We are talking instant romance for those on an alternative-style date night. Art Spin, the wonder adventurists of Toronto, have curated some beautiful installations from various artists (you have to see it). Led by Hinton and Rui Pimenta, they teamed up with Small World Music Society, who have put together a wicked musical programme removed from commercial glitz, wholly diverse and eclectic and of the greatest musicianship. (It also helps our ego that many of the artists have in the past been presented by Uma Nota!) The fourth element for this art bending experience this Friday? Uma Nota presents three incredible Brazilian live acts and a roving DJ that take your after-work transformative art experience to the next level. Check out what’s on offer below. Oh yes, and we also must say that the best part is the crowd that comes out: Diverse, fun, and beautiful people who love adventure and artistic inspiration.Luísa MaitaA Sao Paulo cool kid whose music fuses downtempo electronica, a bit of Ceu’s vibes, some Vanessa da Mata flavour and a bunch of urban Cumbancha feels. She is one of the more accessible contemporary Brazilian artists, and while the US media like NPR have caught onto her, but she is still flying under the radar here in Canada. Her sound is kind of a soul vibe, some pop even, very urban and cool. Now Mag wrote: “Coaxing imagery from Brazil's inimitable culture, [Maita] expands on the traditions of classic samba with modern influences that include Feist and Cat Power.”Bruno CapinanBruno’s sound is maturing like mad. He is leaving us doing the groovy head-nod with his new directions. Our homeboy Jonathan Rothan had this to say about Bruno Capinan in a recent NOW magazine piece: “Singer/songwriter Bruno Capinan's personal, exploratory songs have an epic indie feel that matches his equally epic stage wear. He released Tudo Está Dito, his third album, in 2014, and has since performed and recorded in Brazil with Gilberto Gil's son Bem Gil. He [was] part of a "new music of Brazil" showcase at the Rio Olympics in August, and his next album arrives in the fall.” It’s coming out very soon and for that we are also excited.Maracatu Mar AbertoMar Aberto is our maracatu of choice in Toronto [albeit a little biased!]. This show features, direct from Brazil, Garnize from Tambores de Olokun and the lead vocals of Zeca Polina and Quebec based songstress Flavia Nascimento, Mar Aberto's show promises emotional upliftment and ecstatic performance translating directly to the dancers and audience.Over the last seven years, Mar Aberto has developed Toronto-bred Maracatu language -- creating a distinct Maracatu style that is rooted in a Toronto vibe (a band of bohemian agitators linked to different underground cultural events) while learning and respecting traditional maracatu nations, expanding from original school of influence, the venerable Maracatu Estrela Brilhante of Recife in Pernambuco, Brazil. garniDJ General Eclectic on the Boom BikeGroove with one of Canada's finest DJs, and resident Uma Nota selector, who will be performing live on his newly created Boom Bike! 1500watts of pure awesomeness all contained on a hand crafted specially built tricycle setup!boom-bike

GAIA: The Female Experience Told

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Diving deep beneath the surface, Dance Migration pushes the boundaries of Brazilian samba with its debut production GAIA this September 16,17 & 18 at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre Theatre.Gaia, is the ancient Greek name for the proto-goddess Earth, the spouse of Uranos, or Sky. From Gaia the Gods and Titans were born. She is the original womb, and mother of all beingsChoreographed and produced by artistic director Adrianna Yanuziello, Gaia is a story about the female experience told through the bodies of five powerful dancers.Inspired by the works of Brazilian choreographers Irineu Nogueira & Rosangela Silvestre comes forth a journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and self-love. It’s the story about breaking the person we’re told we’re supposed to be and finding the courage to stand in who we are.The show features a live musical cast of brilliant musicians such as Brazilian drummer and vocalist Aline Morales with arrangements by bassist Rich Brown and Brazilian artists Alysson Bruno, Maninho Costa, Lucas Cirillo, and Fabio Leandro da Silva. 

 

Uma Nota Seeks Artistic Everything

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Job Description

Uma Nota Culture seeks a resident artist who can contribute to the collective’s productions in a number of ways. The position is for 40 hours weekly and includes weekends and evenings. Work hours are irregular and there is a need to be flexible with other commitments. Salary is 34,500.00. per annum pro rated to length of contract.About Uma Nota Culture: Uma Nota began as a music night at Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel in 2007 and remains a recurring event in the city. Uma Nota is a showcase performance series with an ever-changing lineup of performers including live musical acts and DJs as well as a number of other forms of art, performance and cultural manifestations, highlighting music and culture of a tropical, polyrhythmic and Afro-diasporic nature. Along with the ongoing music events, Uma Nota partners with a number of cultural organizations around the city working on a range of activities, from cultural events supporting film, dance and food programs as well as educational workshops for adults, young people, families and children. Uma Nota is an unincorporated non-profit collective based in Toronto.Skills and Qualifications: – Singer and bandleader: Must be able to sing lead vocals in Brazilian Portuguese (northeastern Brazilian accent preferred) in a variety of contemporary and folk music styles including but not limited to samba, maracatu and forró. Ideally the candidate would also be an experienced and decisive bandleader who can successfully direct large and small musical ensembles. Applicants who are successful in attracting our attention may be sent a partial or full list of songs for vocal evaluation as part of the application process. Minimum requirement: Two to four (2 to 4) years singing in professional or semi-professional ensembles. – Multi-instrumentalist: Strong preference for vocalists who can play both acoustic or electric-acoustic guitar, and/or Brazilian percussion instruments (including pandeiro) while singing lead or backup vocals at the same time. Rhythm and Brazilian “swing” or musical feel is essential to this position, in this and other aspects.Minimum requirement: Two to four (2 to 4) years performing as an instrumentalist and/or signer in professional or semi-professional ensembles.DJ/selector: Must be able to DJ using Serrato, vinyl records and/or other electronic forms. You must also have your own laptop computer, preferably with DJ software already installed. We are looking for someone with a minimum of four to five (4 to 5) years of experience performing in and around Toronto, as well as in Ontario and Quebec. Note: Strong preference for familiarity with and contacts within the musical communities surrounding and overlapping with the Uma Nota community, including attendees of events such as: The Om Reunion Project annual Solstice Festival; Promise and Alien InFlux events including Cherry Beach parties and the Harvest Festival; Eclipse Festival; Brazilian community events and others.Designer/visual artist: Minimum five (5) years of experience in graphic design, layout and production for print and online. Strong preference for creativity and experience designing attractive marketing materials for music, arts and cultural events in the Toronto area. Must have your own laptop with a working version of Adobe Creative Suite no less than five to seven (5 to 7) years old, preferably newer, along with a portfolio of published design work (to be provided upon request).Additional Qualifications: – Languages: Must be bilingual in English and Brazilian Portuguese to a professional working level in both languages; Proficiency in French, Spanish and other languages is also an asset.Reliability: Must be able to attend musical rehearsals, production meetings and other events with punctuality and professionalism.Design and creative feedback process: Ability to take direction and turn around graphic designs quickly for production – Musical performance skills: Passion, stage presence and genuine warmth and “likeability” are key to this role. It’s also important to be able to “read” live music as well as electronic music audiences (of various sizes, at venues large and small) in real time and adjust the music according to audience mood and venue ambience. – Media production and social media: Photography and videography skills, social media savvy and a large social media following, especially with communities in the Toronto area, are all considered additional assets.

Sisters in Song: Jabu and Aline Morales

Aline Morales Live at Lula Lounge, November 26, 2015
** UPDATE: Unfortunately, Jabu Morales was not able to come for this performance, but Aline Morales and her band will still perform.**

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Aline Morales' days as Toronto's best-kept musical secret may be over, but the Brazilian singer, percussionist and bandleader has a special treat in store this month. On Thursday, November 26th, Aline welcomes her equally captivating sister, Barcelona-based Jabu Morales, for the Toronto CD release of Jabu Morales' second album, Malungo.

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While Jabu's music is unique, her musical path and Aline's tread similar territory. On both their recordings and in their live shows, listeners are treated to a high level of musicianship, with intricate but unobtrusive percussion, impassioned lyrics sung beautifully in Portuguese and English, and genuine feelings of saudade, that rich, nearly untranslatable Portuguese word for longing.
Malungo, the new album by Jabu Morales, departs significantly from its predecessor, 2010's Jabu, which was recorded not long after her 2008 arrival in Barcelona. Malungo bears the influences of her new home city and its global mix, with Spanish-style guitars and even West African sensibilities reflecting the shifts in Jabu's music over the last six years. This is Brazilian music transformed and informed by Mediterranean living in a local-global Spanish-speaking metropolis.
Here's a video of Seu Lua from Malungo,  performed live in Barcelona by Jabu Morales and her band, with special participation from Aline Morales.

And here's one more tune, from Jabu's first (self-titled) album.

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Vox Sambou: From Haiti to Montreal to The Brazil Session

vox-sambou-nomadic-melange-144316Vox Sambou is the real deal: A sharp-witted lyricist and classy showman who is charismatic, unflinching, passionate and compassionate. The Montreal-based MC has been called "the eternal voice of Haiti," a "Haitian hip hop ambassador" and a "key figure on the progressive front of the Rap Kreyòl movement" whose "boundless energy" on stage with his six-piece band can easily win over the crowd.Vox and his projects represent many of this writer's favourite qualities of Montreal's music scene: Diverse, collaborative and especially multi-lingual. A founding member of the city's revered Nomadic Massive collective, Vox has already released two solo albums -- solo debut Lakay and 2013's Dyasporafriken -- and is poised to release his third solo effort The Brazil Session this fall. In fact the disc has had release parties, in Ottawa and more recently in São Paulo, where the album was recorded. Longtime Brazilian hip hop collaborators Gaspar from Z'Africa Brasil (video) and MC Rael da Rima, who are on the album, participated in the Sampa show. Soon enough The Brazil Session will also be commercially available, but here's a taste from the good folks at Afropop. [Blog/matéria em Português aqui.][soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/219647972" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="150" iframe="true" /]A raw look at album art for The Brazil SessionNo stranger to Brazilian additions to his music, Vox's sound is a unique hip hop fusion, mixing up the beats with traditional Haitian music, lots of reggae vibes, Afrobeat, various other formes of Latin music, and danceable jazz. Now with The Brazil Session he adds extra swing from three Brazilian musicians -- MC Rael, Felippe Pipeta (trumpet) and Cauê Vieira (saxophone, flute) -- alongside Gaspar, guest percussionists, and behind it all, Vox's Canadian band,  including Malika Tirolien, who's performed with Cirque du Soleil and recorded with Snarky Puppy, and David Ryshpan of Montreal's Trio Bruxo.A hard-working, prolific artist and old-schooler on the Montreal scene, Vox also plays a key role linking Haitian and Canadian artists. He co-founded the initiave Solid'Ayiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake, to help "build long-term solidarity between people in Montreal and Haiti around the pillars of education, self-sufficiency, independence, social justice and peace." Vox's lyrics denounce injustice in Haiti and worldwide, and he's a committed activist, taking on topics like the struggle against AIDS in the song DiscriminaSida (video), released on World AIDS Day 2009.Or take Blackitude, a tune released in 2012 with a video shot in the Dominican Republic. Vox writes that it was "inspired by Nelson Maca, poet, professor and activist in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. The song’s theme is ‘negritude’ and the larger African diaspora.”Many of the themes and musical references carry over from his last album, 2013's Dyasporafriken, on which some of the same collaborators appear. Tribal drums, hip hop beats, Afrobeat licks ... name the sounds and Vox will make 'em work together.Another raw look at The Brazil Session's album art.Vox is also an incredible live performer. It's easy to see how much energy, sweat, love and  fiery artistry he puts into his shows. On stage, in the studio or on the street, this is one cat you want to keep on your radar.Vox Sambou performs on October 17th for the Saturday Jamboree at Geary Lane as part of the fifth annual Uma Nota Festival. Vox Sambou

Lenis Rino: Mais Um Grito

Nova Lima, 03 de fevereiro de 2015 O musico e produtor Lenis Rino lanca seu mais novo album "Mais um grito". Foto: Bruno Magalhaes / NITRO / DivulgacaoA poetic, dynamic and energetic interpreter and innovator of Brazilian popular and folkloric culture, Lenis Rino is the musical producer of several current artists in a fertile Belo Horizonte music scene. But Lenis's special relationship to Toronto is through his work as one of Maracatu drumming's greatest ambassadors, in Minas Gerais state and around the world.Lenis has produced music by Marina Machado - Quieto um Pouco, Kdu dos Anjos - A Cidade Azul, Matheus Brant – A Semana, Zimun - Compacto, Nathy Faria - Saindo do lugar, among others. He also plays as the drummer for Brazilian artists Fernanda Takai, Pedro Morais and Marina Machado.Lenis' first disc was with Orquestra de Percussão Elefante Groove, in which he acted as director and bandleader. It's in this context that he demonstrates his amazing creativity, the quality that most characterizes Lenis and his work. He blends roots and Brazilian folkloric traditions with modern influences like hip hop, rock and jazz, yet somehow manages to give it a non-cliché edge and come off wholly original and raw.It was around this time that he also led the Maracatu group Trovão das Minas, of which Aline Morales was a member before she moved to Toronto.[Editor's note: Lenis wrote to us to add to this post with his words about his experience with maracatu, his visit to Toronto and the album Mais Um Grito. His words have been added to the post below.]Photo by Kevin Jones/We Saw It Happen/InstagramThen last year, invited by Aline, Lenis made the first of what appears happily to be an annual visit, teaching maracatu and rhythm & percussion improv workshops hosted by Baque de Bamba. He also played a Toronto release for his latest work, Mais Um Grito, as part of the group's anniversary party. [Ed. Lenis writes about this in Portuguese, see update below.]Here's part of that album, live in 2014 with Os Tropies and featuring Aline Morales on percussion and vocals, and Chris Butcher on trombone.Lenis produced his album Mais Um Grito along with Bruno Buarque, a percussionist/producer and member of Barbatuques who has visited Toronto as Céu's drummer, among other projects. The disc is Lenis' visceral, passionate cry for the struggle to survive; not only his own struggles but those of the many who struggle to thrive and raise their families ... while metaphorically rising above the muck (and chaos). [Editor's note: In Portuguese, the Soundcloud album info alludes cleverly to the 1994 Chico Science & Nação Zumbi album Da Lama Ao Caos ("from the mud to chaos"). It loses something in translation, perhaps.][Português (do release do album Mais Um Grito, na bio de Soundcloud do Lenis Rino): São oito faixas que resume o momento de vida de Lenis ,falando sobre a sua verdade ,a sua luta e a luta dos povos para sobreviver, para permanecer vivo criando seus filhos, com o pescoço sempre no limite da lama e do caos. ... Essa amostra de um coração que não cabe mais em um corpo,que tem a necessidade de sair e vazar entre as mãos, submerso ao amor, e a angustia. Não há mentira em seu grito, é visceral!]Photo: Bruno Magalhaes / NITRO / DivulgacaoWhile the Toronto launch for Mais Um Grito was last year, Lenis and his band will perform a "show do disco," playing the album's songs again for his set at Lula Lounge on Sunday, October 18th, as part of the Community Cultural Fair.For the afternoon Coco de Roda workshop, Lenis will also be a special guest along with Aline Morales, leading members of Maracatu Mar Aberto and Baque de Bamba and all the participants in everyone's favourite circle game/interactive dance. [Ed.: This is always all-ages, all-smiles fun!] Lenis's second show nearly a year after his first makes this return to Toronto in less than a year -- seja bem-vindo de volta, Lenis! -- it will be really cool to have him around. Welcome Lenis Rino back to Toronto!Lenis Rino performs Sunday, October 18th (after 8 p.m.) at the Community Cultural Fair at Lula Lounge.[Ed. Here's more from Lenis in his own words, in Portuguese. ]Sobre Mais Um Grito/About Mais Um GritoLenis Rino: Mais Um Grito é um album com musicas autorais e com letras vicerais que resume o momento da musica atual na minha vida sao letras com as minhas verdades,falo dos mestres,dos amigos,dos povos e a necessidade de sobreviver de musica. Pode ser a sobrevivencia de qualquer um de nos no dia a dia de uma cidade ,com o trabalho diario para ganhar dinheiro e pagar suas contas,,ou a luta dos povos tradicionais como os indios,,que perdem a cada dia mais suas terras para a criação de gados,nao e importante preservar nossa cultura,,parece que o mais importante é ganhar dinheiro a qualquer custo.Sobre Toronto e o Maracatu/On Toronto and Maracatu:

Lenis Rino: Eu adoro Toronto e as pessoas que nela encontrei,fui muito bem aceito pelas pessoas locais,o maracatu tem uma força absurda,onde ele bate ele conquista ,educa e forma um nucleo de pessoas do mesmo interesse,assisto muitos grupos nascerem pelo mundo derivados do maracatu e muitos derivados diretamente do trovao,grupo que fundei e nasceu do GONGUE ,escola de percussao que eu tive em belo horizonte.gostei muito do que vi em toronto,respeito pelos instrumentos e sua tecnicas,,pessoas interessadas em aprender e continuar o trabalho!
Maracatu é uma ds brincadeiras sérias que tem no brasil,existem diversas formas de se manifestar,,e varias outras de absorver a tradição e transforma la em musica conteporanea,por que nos somos contemporaneos,,e temos que entender a tradição pra continuar a criar a nossa musica,,pra continuarmos a manifestar musicalmente conforme nossas necessidades atuais!!!!!

Photo: Bruno Magalhaes / NITRO / DivulgacaoPhoto: Bruno Magalhaes / NITRO / Divulgacao