Ok 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.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.Expect 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 available. Copresented by Revolutions Per Minute and Polyphonic Ground
Vox 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" /]No 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.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.
Saturday Jamboree at Geary Lane
It's festival time! The last time Uma Nota joined together with Dub Connection Soundsystem to take over Geary Lane, it was a beautiful Winter Nite. We’ve joined forces again to bring you a night of uninhibited dancing to the best music for another amazing Saturday night (October 17th) at the warehouse space that’s off the beaten track (but closer than you think).Our two live bands for the night represent between them music from Brazil, Haiti, west Africa and various parts of Latin America, plus we have two of the city’s top selectors holding down the reggae, dub, MPB and vintage vinyl on all 15,000 watts of the mighty Dub Connection Soundsystem. All you have to do is make it to the spot.Featuring:Vox Sambou (Montreal/Haiti)One of the founding members of Montreal’s Nomadic Massive collective, Vox Sambou in his solo project blends the traditional music of Haiti with Afro-Latin grooves, Afrobeat, reggae and hip hop. He sings in Creole, English, French and Spanish and has been called “a key figure on the progressive front of the Rap Kreyòl movement.” Vox Sambou’s third solo album, titled “The Brazil Session” was fully recorded in Brazil with the collaboration of Brazilian musicians Rael da Rima (MC), Felippe Pipeta (trumpet) and Cauê Vieira (saxophone, flute) and will be released in the fall of 2015. Meanwhile, the Uma Nota Festival set includes Vox’s full band from Montreal.T Dot Sound Crew ft. Lady SonA new band already making waves in Toronto’s tropical scene, TDot Sound Crew features members of the drumming troupe TDot Batu and a host of local players from reggae, Brazilian and Latin bands around the city. TDot Sound Crew’s base is a Bloco Afro setup, with the Brazilian drum section laying the foundation for the group’s versions of classic Big Latin tunes, Spanish-language ska and samba-reggae hits, plus cumbia, roots reggae and other grooves. The crew welcome the one and only powerful vocals of Lady Son for this performance.DJ General EclecticResident selector General Eclectic is renowned in the downtown core as the man who has styles upon styles. His crates go deep, and he truly lives up to his name as one of Canada's most diverse DJs, taking you on a musical journey around the globe and back again with the flick of his wrist! He is the man behind Footprints, ShinDig and a number of other jams and of course, part of the original Uma Nota trifecta. With nearly 20 years of experience, he mixes effortlessly between genres, defying categorization while demonstrsating his encyclopedic knowledge of music and more than 8,000 records. He brings the tropical selections, the deep sound and has promised a wickedly original wicked set for this night.
Selector K ZarA core founding member of the Dub Connection Soundsystem, K Zar Dubwise is a tireless purveyor of one drop goodness and dubtastic sounds. Along with his DCS crew, he is one of the Toronto agitator-artists keeping the city’s Jamaican-style soundsystem culture thriving and taking the sound to new places while maintaining links to the old school. Sometimes guest MCs will toast over K Zar’s dubby beats, so be ready to jump and move.Plus:15,000 watt soundsystem by Dub ConnectionDécor by Pleasurecraft featuring projected visuals in collaboration with VJ NotívagoFood vendors to be announcedCash bar in effectSaturday October 17th at Geary Lane360 Geary Ave. (west of Dufferin)Doors 9:30 p.m.$10 advance, $15 at the door
Saturday October 17thSaturday Jamboree at Geary Lane
FEATURINGVox Sambou (Montreal/Haiti)T Dot Sound CrewDJ General EclecticSelector K Zar
PLUS15,000 watt soundsystem by Dub ConnectionDécor by Pleasurecraft featuring projected visuals in collaboration with VJ NotívagoFood vendors to be announcedCash bar in effect
Geary Lane, 360 Geary Ave.Advance tickets $10/$15 at the doorDoors 9:30 p.m.MORE INFO
Sunday, October 18thCommunity Cultural Fair at Lula Lounge
FEATURINGLenis Rino (Brazil)The ResponsablesYUKAAline MoralesTupi Collective DJs (Montreal)DJ Erick Paredes (Miami)Coco de Roda circle dance game with members of Maracatu Mar Aberto and Baque de Bamba
PLUSArtist & vendor marketplaceMini Ping Pong by VanGreyCraft table and kids’ activities by PleasurecraftSpecial site animator surprises
Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W.Doors 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.$10 advance and at the door. Children under 12 freeMORE INFO