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☼ 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...
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...
Release the Inner Fire. Souljazz Orchestra

Release the Inner Fire. Souljazz Orchestra

Ok the Souljazz Orchestra released a new CD, Inner Fire.  Already an established name on the Canadian groove music scene, they have done it again and there is no other band that delivers so consistently over and over again. Inner Fire is a culmination of the years of influence, from West African, American funk and...
Heavyweights won't bring you down.

Heavyweights won’t bring you down.

Heavyweights Brass Band are part of the Uma Nota community. Christopher Butcher, the trombonist and main activist behind the band, is a former housemate, a friend, and one sexy guy. Anyways… so their new CD Brasstronomical is pretty dope and the release is going to be killer. Check the details below. Book it! This country’s...
Lettuce in TO

Lettuce in TO

Dig…. there is only one show for the live music lover on Saturday February 22. “From Montreal, Ottawa and Kingston to Hamilton, London and Windsor and all points in between, music lovers are gearing up to descend on Toronto for one of most exciting funk music concerts in years. On Saturday, February 22nd at the...
Family Jam! Feb 17th

Family Jam! Feb 17th

Roll out the barrels! Uma Nota presents Family Jam! It is a common scenario: People who have kids don’t come out anymore.  Somewhere along the line in our busy modern lives we lost the enjoyment for cross-generational fun. Well, Family Jam or (#FamJam) hopes to bring back the community vibes of Toronto’s creative class of youth,...
Pedro Sá Moraes "Beyond the Pleasure Principle"

Pedro Sá Moraes “Beyond the Pleasure Principle”

(Versão em português abaixo) Navigating the currents of what is Brazilian popular music (música popular brasileira), we have always stepped beyond what agents send down the line and have used our knowledge as fans of the music and active people in the scenes, from Sampa, Rio, Recife, New York, Montreal and the Tdot. With that,  on Saturday,...