OKAN

  • June 24
  • 8:30 pm
  • TD Stage - Festival Village
  • Free

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Taking their name from the word for heart or soul in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, Juno-Award winning OKAN fuses Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, folk and global rhythms in songs about immigration, courage and love.

Having recently worked with Bomba Estereo, Lido Pimienta, Dayme Arocena and Telmary Diaz, OKAN has followed up on their Juno and Canadian Folk Music Award-nominated and Independent Music Award-winning debut album Sombras, with their sophomore release Espiral, (Lulaworld Records, 2020)

Earning international acclaim from the likes of OkayAfrica, NPR and Songines, Esprial debuted at the number one position on the !Earshot International charts and was included in CBC Music's top 20 and NPR's top 10 Alt Latino's albums of the year.

Called "lush and vibrant, urgent but specific and deeply intentional" by CBC Music, Espiral delves deeper into the group's rich Cuban roots, finding renewed inspiration in this powerful musical heritage. The Santeria influences are most evident in the title track, Espiral, which uniquely blends guajira, the folk genre of Eastern Cuba, with Santeria-derived chants.

Official showcases at Folk Alliance, Mundial Montreal, Contact East, Ontario Contact and Global Toronto have led to invitations to perform at Lotusfest, Mariposa and Sunfest as well as the San Francisco, Toronto and Jaipur Jazz Festivals.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Elizabeth Rodriguez is a classically trained violinist who served as concertmaster for Havana’s Youth Orchestra. Magdelys Savigne hails from Santiago de Cuba and graduated with honours in orchestral percussion from Havana’s University of the Arts.

okanmusica.com