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