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Yuka: Fall into the Funk

Yuka: Fall into the Funk

Yuka 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...
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End of Summer Block Party

End of Summer Block Party

Summers in Toronto are all too short… so let’s live it while we can… Uma Nota, teamed up with Dub Connection present this September End of Summer Block Party! If you haven’t been before, the skinny: music, food, art, drink, games, theatre all the Uma Nota good stuff. Ping Pong & site production by VanGrey, and 15000 Watts...
Tdot Batu's Nice Up Festa celebrates reggae and percussion

Tdot Batu’s Nice Up Festa celebrates reggae and percussion

Tdot Batú burst onto the Toronto Brazilian percussion scene over one year ago with their debut performance at Muhtadi Festival in summer 2013. Since then they have torn up the place and have won a lot of fans for their “Bloco Afro” style percussion group, based on the Salvador da Bahia-originating  form that incorporates many surdo...
Maracatu You! Ritual in Theatre

Maracatu You! Ritual in Theatre

We don’t normally delve into the world of theatre but this foray is entirely related to our extended community, our musical roots, and indeed part of the history of Uma Nota, Toronto and yours truly. In late 2002 I brought the city’s first alfaia (maracatu bass drum) from Brazil and began teaching a few individuals...
5 Graffiti Artists in Toronto

5 Graffiti Artists in Toronto

We’re going to start a new series of blog posts about visual art and most specifically street art in Toronto. Here we go with our initial blog post by Missy Cohen! Anser (@ansermysteriousdate on Instagram) Who is Anser? A mysterious night painter with serious fine art skill. These one-stroke faces can be found all over...
☼ SEUN KUTI & EGYPT 80 ☼

☼ SEUN KUTI & EGYPT 80 ☼

Seun 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...
Block Party IV

Block Party IV

SUNDAY JUNE 15 1pm till 9pm  It’s back! Mar Aberto’s Block Party is this Sunday.  An afternoon of music, food, drink, dance and delight. There will be live music and DJs programmed by Uma Nota, screenings of the day’s World Cup games, an artist marketplace, set up by Big Village, plus food and drinks in an...
The Human Rights Switch It Back

The Human Rights Switch It Back

  The 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...
MAKU good for Toronto

MAKU good for Toronto

Mama says you’ve got to go see M.A.K.U, son … Toronto needs M.A.K.U Sound System, and M.A.K.U could need Toronto. Toronto prides itself on being a global safe haven for immigrant cultures that come together, mix and flourish in a world of diversity and mutual respect and value. While some of that might be romantic Toronto propaganda,...
Dance Magic Dance Migration

Dance Magic Dance Migration

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

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

Fresh 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...
Quique Escamilla's 500 Years of Night

Quique Escamilla’s 500 Years of Night

What 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 hidden gem of Brazilian music: Wagner Petrilli

The hidden gem of Brazilian music: Wagner Petrilli

  Wagner 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...