World/Latin/African/Ethnic

Kokoroko

KOKOROKO are a young, London based Afrobeat 8-Piece band led by trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey. We play music we love, we grew up with and our parents got funky to. Inspired by Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor, Tony Allen and the great sounds that come out of West Africa, we put on a performance to honour the masters that taught us. We specialize in a soul-shaking, horn-fueled sound with West African roots and Inner London hues.

What's so good about the Montuno Police?

Take six of Canada's top musicians with a foundation in jazz, mix in influences from Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Arabic musical traditions, add great writing and exciting soloing and what do you get? The all-night dance party that is Rick Shadrach Lazar and Montuno Police. And this Saturday night, as part of the Geary Lane Jazz Series, they'll celebrate their 25th anniversary.

Ana Moura

Exquisite vocalist Ana Moura possesses a sound unlike any other in fado. Her voice strolls freely through the Portuguese tradition, flirting elegantly with pop and broadening the soul-bearing genre to stunning results.

Femi Kuti

2019 has been extremely intense for Femi Kuti, playing on the world's most exciting and prestigious stages and festivals, while being involved in many recording projects and being deeply engaged in an activism that aims to promise more justice and a better planet for future generations

What's so good about Sinal Aberto?

It seems silly to say, but I sometimes forget just how good the musicians are who live in this city.

Louis Simao

Award winning Toronto-based musician Louis Simão has been composing, performing and recording as a multi-instrumentalist in a variety of genres for over twenty years. His repertoire is a collection of his own compositions and arrangements that take the listener on a journey through the sounds of the Portuguese-speaking world in a style and voice that is at once universal while remaining deeply personal.

Ahmed Moneka

During his formative years in Iraq, Ahmed Moneka learned traditional songs and drumming in an African family tradition that was brought to Iraq in the 12th century. Later he was accepted to the top high school for the performing arts in Baghdad, where he learned a variety of artistic disciplines from theatre to singing maqam (scales and nuances) of Middle Eastern music. Through these experiences, Ahmed acquired his perspectives on our world and his place within it, and continued attending the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad.

Silibrina

Band of instrumental Brazilian music created by Gabriel Nóbrega who, besides playing the piano, is responsible for compositions and arrangements in the septet. He counts with Ricardinho Paraíso (bass), Jabes Felipe (drums), Matheus Prado (percussion), Wagner Barbosa (sax), Reynaldo Izeppi (trumpet) and Gileno Foinquinos (guitar), artists with diverse references, coming from different regions in Brazil and extremely active in the music scene.

Silibrina was selected for the SXSW and had a North-American season in Austin and New York, performing in important jazz houses as Nublu.

Omara Portuondo

Buena Vista Social Club™ Diva celebrates her music and life with a special tour accompanied by special guests

While other much loved Buena Vista stars like Ruben Gonzalez and Ibrahim Ferrer were lured out of retirement. Omara has been continually performing in public since the age 15, a legendary singer whose voice reflects a long, creative life of passion and music. She has been singing professionally for an incredible 70 years, and while revolutions and wars shook the globe, she has carried on, with indomitable elegance.

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