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Springtime is upon us, and to welcome the season we draw from the wellsprings of three musical sources: Dub style reggae, Afrobeat and Brazilian popular music. Our featured guests are Aline Morales, Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble and K-Zar Dubwise; General Eclectic anchors the DJ lineup. We bring a rejuvenating Brazilian-style party to the Great Hall, and we have AlienInflux to pump up the sound system.
Think of this edition as the thaw when we come out of the cold and bathe in our hotsprings of music, dance, community and artistry. Uma Nota, a combination dance party, multimedia live show and cultural happening, is about the shared experience more than it is about any one artist. It's a “no spectators, no pretensions” event, at which the dancers in the crowd help create the positive, unified vibe as much as the live and DJ music that keeps everyone moving.
Uma Nota: Hot Spring edition
Friday April 26
Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. at Dovercourt
Doors 10 p.m.
Advance tickets $12 online only via Eventbrite.
$15 at the door
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This nine-piece band led by heavy hitter Foly Kolade tore it up at our 2012 Uma Nota Festival and kept everyone in the room dancing till late. Foly is the real deal when it comes to Afrobeat: Born in Nigeria, he also played in the late ‘90s/early 2000s Brooklyn scene with members of Antibalas before they formed under that name. Foly’s band, Asiko, performed for years in New York before he moved back to Nigeria and then settled in Toronto, where he’s remounted the project with local players. Asiko is a dance party band -- comprising a full horn section, percussion, drums, keys, bass, guitar and vocals -- and they perform full-length sets of original Afrobeat tunes. Prepare for an incredible dancefloor experience. Our previous blog post on Asiko.
Aline Morales is an artist and percussionist and a powerful performer who stands out anywhere she plays -- in Toronto, Brazil or beyond. A versatile and perceptive bandleader with a soaring, memorable voice, she can do it all: rock a party, lead thundering percussion troupes, sing in a small combo or deliver a multi-layered show. The music that she and composer/producer David Arcus make with their band uses Brazilian grooves as a base for an original sound. Already established in Toronto’s musical landscape, Aline’s recent musical highlights include headlining Harbourfront Centre’s Expressions of Brazil festival and a Juno nomination for her debut album Flores, Tambores e Amores.
He is a co-founder of the roots reggae, dub versions and bass culture series Dub Connection and Rockers Arena, an original underground jam where rockers (MCs) toast over his heavy beats. K-Zar is also one of the builders of Dub Connection’s formidable sound system. As a selector, he brings the dub and reggae sounds to move the town. We have been wanting to get this man behind the decks at one of our jams for some time. Wait no more: here come joy and upliftment. Check our blog post on Rockers Arena.
Familiar to fans of everything good, the General delivers the eye and ear candy right and proper. Best known as a core members of the Footprints collective and their rare groove dance parties, he also represents with nights like Shindig! and recent outings like the Os Tropies EP Release Residency and Valentine’s Day Lover’s Rock at Addis Ababa restaurant. For this edition he brings his inimitable mix of MPB, Afrobeat, samba, reggae and tingz.
Special note about sound
We are aware of the sound system challenges at Great Hall. That’s why we rent extra sound equipment from AlienInflux, including bass bins to bring out that all-important low end as well as quality gear to bring out the top end. And that’s not all. We take extra care, including hands-on involvement from the house’s A.V. manager, to ensure that both the live acts and the DJs (and in turn, you!) get the benefit of that additional sound.
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