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Bruno Capinan_by Filipe Catto

Special blog post by Kristyn Gelfand

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.

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 Lounge 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

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 

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][/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://[/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

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.


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="" 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!!!!!

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Worlds of Influence at LulaWorld 2015

Rhythm heads that we are, we love the big Brazilian drumming groups. The rhythms and the movement of a full ensemble of only drums (and sometimes only drums and vocals) make us move, sweat, dance and go flush in the face with joy.And many of the people who come across those big drumming groups here in Toronto love the spectacle, too, but sometimes a music fan wants some melody together with the rhythm, and some tunes to hum or sing along with while the drumbeats are pounded out. The combination of a punchy horn line and an infectiously upbeat drum groove, especially when provided by several drummers, translates to exciting live shows and great dancing.The Brazilians, we know, are huge fans of incorporating a smaller or "pocket" bateria into a larger band format — with guitar, bass, vocals, and often horns and drum kit along with the percussionists — from the bandas in Salvador such as the stage band versions of the famous blocos Afro like Olodum and Timbalada, to manguebeat's Nação Zumbi out of Recife and the big bloco shows featuring samba and other rhythms by Monobloco and Bangalafumenga in Rio de Janeiro, and the cultural force that is AfroReggae in that city. (And those are just a few!)Here in "tropical" Toronto, we have our own growing movement of bands that incorporate smaller versions of the Brazilian drumming troupe.Mar Aberto Soundsystem back in actionNow, two of the city's newest and most cutting-edge bands are teaming up to showcase the bateria-"stage show band" style for the opening night of this year's Lulaworld festival.With the musical forms from the Americas and Africa, the music these groups create exudes the sensibility of kids growing up with a world of influence. Together these two bands are creating a new scene in Toronto.Currently rocking it in a new formation, Mar Aberto SoundSystem layers bass, skankin’ guitars, dubby horns and vocals atop grooves of samba, maracatu and the one drop. Featuring top-drawer additions Tamar Ilana on vocals (of Ventanas, and a frequent guest singer with maracatus Mar Aberto and Baque de Bamba) and Magdalys Sav (Jane Bunnett and Maqueque) on the percuteria, the band blends dub reggae, mento and ska with Brazilian rhythm, cumbia, and carimbó.Tdot SoundcrewBut the latest high-energy addition to the movement is T.Dot Sound Crew, a 13-piece outfit drawing on the drummers of Tdot Batú led by Patricio "Pato" Martinez. (And featuring Uma Nota resident General Eclectic on the "stand up" drum kit, along with members of Tdot Batú).Their sound brings back the Old School Latin Big Tunes, from Fabulosos Cadillacs, Todos Tus Muertos and Autenticos Decadentes, alongside reggae fusion from Skank (Brazilian reggae), Dawn Penn, Bob Marley, along with some Afrobeat from Fela Kuti and amazing cumbia sounds.The group recently debuted their shows, featuring a fusion of Afro-Brazilian beats with a taste of Latinoamerica sounds, at Tdot's second anniversary jam. Check the highlight reel:Now, about the bateria/band concept: this really a new thing? Well, yes and no: The form has been around the city's Brazilian scene for some time, with acts like Bracatum and stage versions of Batucada Carioca that add in horns, guitar or cavaquinho, and bass over the drumbeats.But it was a cold winter, and we haven't heard from many local bands doing this kind of thing for a while.Yes, we've had visits from São Paulo samba master Chocolatte, who, with help from Alan Hetherington, last summer brought a full troupe of samba percussionists along with the musicians playing strings. There's Baque de Bamba, Aline Morales' group, who have played several shows over the years with a reduced baque and horns, and that group joined Morales' band for a final tune when they played Uma Nota's Hot Spring edition at the Great Hall, and more recently, that group is even mixing up steel pan with maracatu (what!) as well as horns and bass for an upcoming performance at the closing ceremony of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. Samba Squad's stage show explores all kinds of rhythms and danceable tunes with melodic instruments in the mix. Also, one of the city's few all-female percussion groups, Primitiva, has in recent shows added bass and flute to the maracatu drums.And of course, for all those years Uma Nota did it up the Gladstone, Samba Elégua in its Uma Nota Ensemble format rocked it with a reduced percussion corps, arrangements by David Arcus and guests including the Kensington Horns.Fast forward a few years and the movement continues. Here's a short taste of Mar Aberto SoundSystem (in its previous formation) the last time the band rocked Lula Lounge.

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If you're ready to go enjoy two bands doing this right here and now, this show is a great place to start. It's only Tdot Sound Crew's second show ever, and Mar Aberto SoundSystem's first big show in the new formation, so get ready to dance as they show off their stuff.To help with that, you can also check out the stunning dance piece Femenino by Dance Migration, performed as the earlier show on Lulaworld's opening night, featuring guest Brazilian dance artist Irineu Nogueira and percussionist Alysson Bruno. Then stick around for the live music, because you're going to want to do a bunch of dancing yourself.Those horns and that guitar skank, those bass drums rumbling and shakers shaking — when it comes together, it makes for a killer show.Mar Aberto SoundSystem and Tdot Sound Crew perform as part of Lulaworld Festival 2015, co-presented by Uma Nota, on Wed. May 27 at Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. Doors 9 p.m. $10 advance tickets/$15 at the door. Check out the Facebook event and get your tickets on the Lula Lounge website(Early show for May 27 is Femenino performed by Dance Migration. Doors 6 p.m.,  show 7 p.m., advance tickets $20 and you can stay for the live music. Facebook event)LulaWorld2015-MA-SS_TDotSC_May27-FBwide  

Gilberto's Samba in Toronto

 10353305_824616284230100_2099220897929044334_oGilberto Gil, Brazil's  eternal ambassador of music and culture, is at Koener Hall in Toronto on Tuesday. The influence this man has had in Brazil and on the Brazilophiles worldwide is incredible. The show is sold out. The last time I saw him play alone, (as he plans to do this time), the delight of seeing an artist with so much style and history took me to a very romantic spot in my brain that kept me warm and fuzzy for days. While I also love when he plays with a full band, there is something special when he comes on his own, with a guitar, a smile, and so much creativity.He comes for his recent release, Gilberto's Samba. Take a look for  yourselves.We have featured him a number of times on this blog. Here is our past 'lowdown' on the man. That post can give you a lot of background so you can go see the show in the full context of his majesty! On another side of things, how do millennials understand Gilberto Gil? Maybe, like, say... his niece? This image may offer some insight! ;)some Instagram accountMy favourite article on the man came from his interview with Wax Poetics; it was super thorough. Try as I might, I couldn't find the actual piece online, but I found the cover (below). If you are lucky enough to have tickets to the show on Tuesday, enjoy! It will be simplismente inspirador.


The Live Element: Bands at Uma Nota Fest

cover pics bands copyHere is the rundown of the Live acts featured at this year's Uma Nota Fest (#UmaNotaFest for the social media savvy). Lots of talent and creativity in the mix to move your body and stimulate the pleasure zones of the mind.The Human RightsUma Nota alumni The Human Rights (formally Friendlyness & The Human Rights) have spent 6 years honing their unique style of uplifting and ultra-heavy reggae music. The ten-piece band has recruited Toronto soul man Tréson and have re-united as The Human Rights. Tréson brings a whole new level and dynamic to the band, his powerful voice the perfect compliment to Friendlyness' style. After two Canadian tours, CBC recording sessions, opening slots for reggae legends Gregory Isaacs, John Holt and Beres Hammond, and a feature in the new Trailer Park Boys movie, The Human Rights are gearing up to release their 2nd LP and are touring in support of their latest single "Old School Track." On Oct 17th at the El Mocambo they bring us back that old school feeling. (FB event)

Heavy Soundz (Montreal)

Heavy Soundz come to us from Montreal and embody the alter-Latino scene there. Solidly anchored in a merry multicultural melange, the members of Montreal collective Heavy Soundz kick it with crazy rhythms that get any party started. What do these 5 musicians and 5 MCs from Québec, Haïti and Latin America have in store for us? A caliente whirlwind of Latin urban music spiced with reggae, cumbia and hip hop, as heard on their latest album, “Tumba Parlantes”, a sound that gets everyone in the room moving, grooving and sweating … We are pleased to welcome Heavy Soundz to the El Mocambo  On Oct 17th. (FB event)Flavia Nascimento and BandFlavia won hearts and fans in Toronto with her whimsically romantic forró during last year’s Uma Nota Festival. She is now proud to launch her self titled EP in Toronto. Recorded in Brazil over the winter (Brazil summer) of 2014, the CD is a mixture of original compositions and original takes of some classics from her homeland. The distinct regional style of her native state Minas Gerais is heard as some songs harken the congados (African processions from Minas) and a distinct, almost Milton Nascimento vibe in her arrangements. Her live performance is warm and festive, with a touch of romance. Flavia is the most enchanting start to our festivals. Flavia plays the festival launch at Touché Lounge on Oct 16th at 9pm. (FB event)

Wagner Petrilli  

Brazilian guitarist and composer Wagner Petrilli, originally from São Paulo, is one of Toronto’s most prominent Brazilian musicians. Wagner plays the very best MPB or musica popular brasileira, which is a very Brazilian way of saying the work is made with influences from the entire spectrum of Brazilian national music, including samba, choro, afro-derived forms and classical music. His recently released CD Confissão (“confession”) received critical acclaim and his cd launch at Lula Lounge was a memorable evening for all there. Expect a lively and powerful show from a great band. Wagner plays at 6pm at The Great Hall. (FB event)

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Batucada Carioca (led by Maninho Costa)

Batucada Carioca is Toronto’s premiere Rio-style samba troupe. Led by Rio native sambista Maninho Costa (Maninho z10) Batucada has a raw uplifting style. For their 10th anniversary Maninho has prepared a special set of all new material, and beyond the regular bateria (samba drums) the show features Carlinhos Pernambuco on cavaco, Wagner Petrilli on 7-string guitar and Christopher Butcher on trombone, with special guests performances by Tio Chorinho and Louis Simao. Batucada Carioca plays at 7:30 at the Great Hall on Oct 19th. (FB Event)This one is an oldy, not high def footage, but it shows Batucada Carioca in 2009, so it has wicked historical value and you can see see Maninho killing it.

Roda de Samba (Brazilian roots samba) 3pm

A ‘roda de samba’ or circle of samba, is a a gathering of friends who play and sing classic samba tunes with smaller instrumentation (as opposed to the baterias of big samba schools). In Brazil a roda de samba can take place on market days or at bars with people gathering around a table of seated musicians, and eating, dancing, rejoicing and often singing along in chorus. In Toronto, Carlos Pernambuco is at the forefront of this movement, with his infectious voice and cavaquinho leading the songs. The roda (circle) will happen in the afternoon while the feijoada is being served and other activities happen around the venue. Roda de Samba will play throughout the day starting at 3pm at The Great Hall. (FB event).An example of roda de samba in Brazil:

Andrew Lamb Is Watching Your Neighbourhood, Toronto

Our Toronto street art correspondent Missy Cohen talks to the artist behind a city-wide wheatpaste campaign.Neighbourhood Watch is a Toronto street art project that shares pure joy with the residents of this city.Wheatpasting over old "This Community Protected" Neighbourhood Watch street signs with superheroes and supervillains of pop culture  [mostly from the '80s and '90s, with some '60s and '70s classics like the original Star Trek and Mighty Mouse in the mix], the artist is providing great big smiles to anyone who finds these signs.Neighbourhood WatchArtist Andrew Lamb (@dcmism on Instagram) answered my burning questions about his art.

Missy Cohen: You've mentioned you had a goal of posting 100 signs by the end of summer.  Did you reach this goal?

Andrew Lamb: I did not reach the goal of 100 signs, but I have extended the deadline till first snow fall.MC: I've come across a repeat of Robo Cop. Are there any other duplicates?

AL: There were three Robo Cops, two Axel Foleys (one went missing) and two of the cast from The Wire. I ended up putting Voltron over one of them.

MC: Which are your top three neighbourhood protectors?  I’ll go first: She-Ra, Batman and Robin, and Bill Cosby.

AL: My top three are Sigourney Weaver's Ripley, Agent Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

MC: Awesome!(Image: @fullblownrose on Instagram)

Yuka: Fall into the Funk

Screen shot 2014-09-06 at 1.14.50 AMYuka is releasing their 3rd CD on September 25th at Lula Lounge.Never heard of them? Well, for those who don't know, YUKA is a 5 piece Toronto-based band that plays old school funk and soul music. Maybe you've stumbled upon them on a hot summer night at the Drake or the Reservoir Lounge, or maybe you heard the buzz about them from the tastemakers around town. Don't let the fact that they are jazz grads fool you into thinking they are simply nerds with no performance edge. These guys have style, and keep you moving. Their recent album Pitfall showcases the band's hard hitting and dynamic sound, with tight horn melodies and energetic grooves. It was recorded at Verge music studios with Rueben Ghose and was mixed by Phil Spencer. Kinda reminds you of the Stax sound, like the Meters with a young, tomorrow vibe.All songs on Pitfall are written by guitarist James Taylor. The arrangements however,  are the result of the wide variety of tastes and musical experiences that a band can create together after 7 plus years of collaboration. While funk, soul, and jazz are the foundation of the Yuka sound, other styles such as psychedelic, soft rock, and 70's game show themes are integrated to give this album a unique and eclectic flavour.Yuka has recently added vocalist Claire Doyle to the mix to add even more soul to their danceable sound. Claire, infused with a passion for performing high-energy music, seems to possesses an old soul. Motown Diva Martha Reeves, having mentored Claire early in her career, relayed: "She is a naturally gifted artist and I look forward to celebrating her future successes". Claire's first EP with YUKA entitled “Chasing Around” has the magnetic charm of your favourite soul/funk 45’s finished off with YUKA’s own brand of seductive grooves.For the Lula show, Yuka will add are going to have Todd Pentney on keys and Max Senitt on percussion. 8 piece YUKA band, the largest to date. Opening up for them will be The Responsables and on the DJ decks will be DJ Good Vibes. Check out the Facebook event.Soul music... yuka_umanota_sept2014_4x6_4

YUKA: Pitfall CD release party, Thursday, Sept. 25. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W.

$15 at the door with a CD $10 at the door without a CD, Doors 9 p.m.

Also featuring The Responsables and DJ GoodVibes

Yuka is: Patric McGroarty - Trumpet/Backup Vocals/Tambourine , Ben MacDonald - Sax/Backup Vocals , James Taylor - Guitar/Backup Vocals, Ryan Spratt - Bass/Backup Vocals, Chino Devilla - Drums, Claire Doyle - Lead Vocals 


SeunKutiSeun Kuti & Egypt 80 are on tour again with the release of the new album A Long Way to the Beginning and, when they pull in to Toronto on July 12, the show promises to be ecstatic, off the wall, and energetically purifying. You may think this sounds like hyperbole but the last time Seun Kuti was in Toronto in 2008 it was 2 hours of dancing bliss that left the crowd screaming for more. What is more, this past week in NYC, Seun killed it at the Highline Ballroom. Don't take my word for it, read what the New York Times said about it.Brian Harkin for The New York TimesSeun Kuti has been performing on stage since he was nine years old. He started his career as a backup singer in Egypt 80, the band fronted by his father Fela, the king of Afrobeat. Seun had already started taking piano lessons and teaching himself to play saxophone. But on stage with his father he only ever sang, adding his child's voice to the chorus of male and female backup singers that included his mother, the collective response to Fela's persistent call. When Fela died in 1997, Seun, then just fifteen, was ready to take over. Since then, he has led Egypt 80 as lead vocalist and saxophonist, the focal point of a band that his father had forged into one of Africa's most legendary ensembles. No one else represents and carries the soul and vibe that is the Afrobeat movement like Seun Kuti does. Like the tattoo across his back proclaims :"Fela Lives!"Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 at Harbourfront in Toronto in 2008.Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 will be in Toronto on July 12 for a night of musical upliftment at the Phoenix Concert Theatre. Opening up for the man and putting us into the proper state of being will be the Asiko Afrobeat Orchestra, the Luvmenauts, and Groove Institute (sSolid Garage) will hold it down and keep us dancing. throughout. Presented by & Uma Nota Culture 

Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St. 9 pm doors. Tickets $30.00 ($26.50 + HST) & service charge available at Eventbrite & hard tickets at Soundscapes (572 College St.), Rotate This (801 Queen St. W.), Play de Record (357A Yonge St.) & African Drums & Art Crafts (618 Dundas St. W.) Facebook event 


The Human Rights Switch It Back

 HRcasbah1The Human Rights have made some changes. They have added singer Tréson to the crew . The talented artist’s powerful voice fits perfectly with  the band’s uplifting sound, a heavy but unique style of expertly executed new roots reggae. With two singers in the band, they have re-booted under the banner The Human Rights, opting to simplify and forgoing Friendlyness' name as part of the band title. Have no fear though, Friendly's style, wit, performance and musical charm remain. And rejoice! Marking the bands transition into their new format, formation, they have released a new single Old School Track.Full of Toronto references and nods to the golden era of reggae, The Old School Track is an original tune by the Human Rights. Check out the whe do dem, eek a mouse, bass-line breakdown.But just who are these Human Rights?

The history of the Human Rights runs deep. It begins with Toronto reggae foundation keyboardist Bernie Pitters, who learned how to bubble from Bob Marley's keyboard player in Jamaica and spent the ‘80s and ‘90s touring with Toots and the Maytals. It continues with Toronto reggae heavyweight and juno nominated Friendlyness, who started out fronting bands such as Revelation and Culture Shock, followed by backing up Frankie Paul, Freddie McGreggor & Dennis Brown with Hit Squad, and more recently joining the ranks of Can-rock icons Big Sugar. Add seven young up-and-coming Toronto session musicians and the soulful vocal stylings of Tréson and you have a musical force ready for the global stage.

The Human Rights play Summer in the City on Saturday May 31st at the Silver Dollar in Toronto. $10 Facebook eventsmic

Dance Magic Dance Migration

rosangelaRecently The Dance Migration company hosted Rosangela Silvestre, creator of the Silvestre Technique and a dance and movement artist who is well-versed in the traditional dances from her native Bahia as she is in modern forms. The four days of dance classes set to live percussion brought out some of the best dancers and dance students from Toronto's eclectic, fertile scene. The final show on Sunday evening at Lula Lounge was, as many people have said, brilliant and heartfelt, with one drummer remarking that many were in tears of joy and ecstasy.The dancer who made this workshop series happen -- and who has been one of the key people for growing  the scene in Brazilian dance among the many diverse tribes of Toronto -- is Adrianna Yanuziello, the founder and director of The Dance Migration. Although there are many dancers who teach and perform Brazilian dance in Toronto, mostly samba, forró and similar forms, Adrianna has created her own current. She herself comes from a strong background in dance and has welcomed multiple forms of dance and performance into her heart and her style.Adrianna leading a classShe is a graduate in Fine Arts in Dance at Ryerson. Like so many of us, Adrianna started her Brazilian connection with Capoeira, but later became enchanted by the worlds of dance within Brazil.It wasn't long before she was going to Brazil every year, and somewhere in there she started TDance Migration company. Rosangela Silvestre is her mentor and top Brazilian teacher, and after a few years of visiting Bahia to train with her, Adrianna started bringing her teacher up every year for a weekend of Orixa and Silvestre technique workshops, culminating in a big presentation. She continues to this day to build on her training, gaining knowledge of the specific feel and subtleties of different dances from Brazil.From Terra Brasil Show- BlueFrom Terra Brasil show- RedShe has allied with Capoeira Camara and with them has created and put on several original and professional shows.  In her show Faces of Samba last year, Adrianna and a core group of Dance Migration veterans and professional dancers performed Brazilian percussion as part of one of the performance numbers -- a samba-reggae groove that led into an '80s Olodum dance number. In fact, Dance Migration has collaborated with many Toronto companies including Samba Squad, Batucada Carioca, Baque de Bamba and Maracatu Mar Aberto.Passista de Samba style. Grass skirts and dance based on Maculêlê. Adrianna has built up her company and school aspects into a full-time business, teaching classes and performing on the regular. In recent years has added costume production to her skill set, including full passista outfits as well as more rootsy Afro-Bahian grass skirts, armbands and headbands. In all of this she has travelled internationally teaching classes and performing. Check out her website for classes and performance options. Through it all, it is undeniable that she remains committed to her art and continues to teach and perform and usually has something going every day of the week. Let's give it up for Dance Migration. UPDATE, Oct. 2014: The Dance Migration is doing it again! The company presents Terra Brasil, a captivating theatrical dance piece performed to live music by local and visiting Brazilian aces, on Friday, October 17 at the Fleck Theatre in Toronto as part of the Uma Nota Festival. See (and hear!) the dancers and musicians of Dance Migration Company perform before they take this show on a tour of the Netherlands in November. A one night only experience. Tickets and more info here.

Uproot Andy's global bass domination gets Noisey (and comes to T.O.)

image from mixpackFresh off a Mexican tour, where he did up a nearly one-hour mix special for Noisey Mexico (that country's arm of the VICE music property), Uproot Andy  continues the worldwide global bass takeover was on last time he came to town (with partner in crime Geko Jones from Brooklyn's Que Bajo!? at our festival's Bridges Tropical Mashup night).Here's a bit from the preamble of his interview with Noisey Mexico (the article title, loosely translated: "97% of the time [this music is] a celebration of identity").

La primera vez que Uproot Andy vino al Distrito Federal fue para tocar en un Day Off y nos dimos cuenta de que además de ser un DJ con mucho incansable, es también un productor ingenioso, nada tímido y está completamente determinado a llevar la palabra del Global Bass a todos los rincones del mundo [Paulina, the writer, recalls] the first time he came to Mexico City to play [an event called] Day Off, her crew commented that beyond Andy's tirelessness as a party DJ,  he is an ingenious producer, by no means shy attitude and completely determined to make global bass known in each and every corner of the world.

The writer here also urges readers, before she interviews the man, not to miss his appearance at that city's "Tropical Storm" festival, recommending they download the mix and try it for any dancing style or on a bike ride.By the time our global bass ambassador comes back to town, even the winter-shy among us can bicycle over to the party. As the bass operative on a mission to spread the music worldwide from Brooklyn lofts to festivals in Mexico, Colombia and beyond, Andy gets full props on the global citizen tip. He speaks fluent Spanish and his best tingz in the world proudly speak to other world citizens (Montreal bagels make the list, as does Barranquilla's Carnaval).Global as he is, Uproot Andy is even a hometown Toronto son, though he only makes so many visits. Next up is May 10 at Uma Nota! We can't resist the opportunity to bring Uproot Andy for a spring dancefloor "worldwide" kinda thing 'cause it works so nice. Plus, we wanted to give him more time rocking it for you all after last year's appearance at the Great Hall. For the playback style party, bringing the old school Uma Nota vibe, we've got Uproot Andy -- special delivery from Brooklyn -- alongside Maracatu Mar Aberto playing one of their first stage shows of the year, including some new songs and percussive touches. That covers the live, thundering Afro-Brazilian percussion end of things, and our resident selector DJ General Eclectic rounds out the night with vinyl and digital dance floor delights. We're also excited to host the event at Mojo Lounge on Dundas West (formerly Pacha and others), where we'll take advantage of the powerful sound system, drinks at good prices and continue the new management (namely our Brazilian friend Jeferson Camilo)'s trend of bringing good Brazilian and tropical vibes to the house with our signature Uma Nota party style.Uproot Andy plays in Toronto on May 10 for The Uma Nota Worldwide Thing, also featuring Maracatu Mar Aberto and DJ General Eclectic.  Saturday, May 10 at Mojo Lounge, 1305 Dundas Street West. $10 in advance, more at the door.  (Facebook event pageumanota_may2014_4x6_4

Quique Escamilla's 500 Years of Night

qiqueWhat is it about this guy Quique Escamilla? Quirky? lovable? romantic? Yeah, he's got sweet tunes that can bring you the full moon by the water. He is also bad ass, and the music is coupled with themes of resistance and consciousness. His new record, 500 Years of Night, smacks us in the face with truths about the Americas and their "discovery" by the conquistadores from imperial Europe.His musical style, brought to you via his Chiapas homeland, the Estados Unidos de Mexico, and his Toronto home, with the whole modern world as influence, is those 500 years of history. By fusing traditional Mexican musical styles such as ranchera and huapango with other Latin American rhythms, as well as rock and reggae, Quique creates his own unique 'Music of the Americas'. These poly-rhythmic designs serve as a vehicle for Quique's incisive and passionate lyrics that touch on issues like indigenous rights and sustainability while tackling every form of oppression.In Toronto, where so called 'world' musicians (I hate that term) are for the world crowd and 'indie' musicians are for the indie crowd, Quique is the guy that builds and crosses those bridges. Check out the video his friends made for his CD release below... Damn, Quique got viral marketing styles!  Also my favourite song off the album is here.

The hidden gem of Brazilian music: Wagner Petrilli

 WagnerWagner Petrilli is one of Toronto's most prominent Brazilian musicians. While Wagner has been a cornerstone of the Brazilian music scene since his arrival in 1998, playing and collaborating alongside the city's prominent jazz artists as well as notable Brazilian musicians, he had yet to manifest himself as the father of his own project -- until now.Wagner is in the final stages of a CD project that brings together and advances all of his composition talents. I would describe the songs I've heard as the very best MPB or musica popular brasileira, which is a very Brazilian way of saying the work is made with influences from the entire spectrum of Brazilian national music, including samba, choro, afro-derived forms and classical music. (World-class Toronto collaborators from Toronto and around Brazil play on the recordings, several of whom were part of the slamming band for Pedro Quental's Canadian tour this past summer; Wagner also recorded the Rio singer for the disc, along with too many notables to mention, but Henrique Cazes who also visited Toronto is in there.)The songs have already been recorded, and now the mixing and mastering are needed to finish the CD.  Wagner has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds. We are putting out an all points bulletin that more pledges are needed. Get the lowdown in this video.