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The Live Element: Bands at Uma Nota Fest

The Live Element: Bands at Uma Nota Fest

Here is the rundown of the Live acts featured at this year’s Uma Nota Fest (#UmaNotaFest for the social media savvy). Lots of talent and creativity in the mix to move your body and stimulate the pleasure zones of the mind. The Human Rights Uma Nota alumni The Human Rights (formally Friendlyness & The Human...
Give It Up for the DeeJay.

Give It Up for the DeeJay.

Uma Nota Festival has got a wicked line-up of live music and some of the best selectors and beat producers. Let’s take a look at the deejays on the bill for Uma Nota Festival 2014. Ushka  Ushka is a Sri Lankan-born, Thailand-raised, Brooklyn-living migrant. She is an activist, cultural organizer, and deejay re-defining the boundaries...
Luiz Gonzaga: 100 Years and an Eternal Legacy.

Luiz Gonzaga: 100 Years and an Eternal Legacy.

This year is the centenary of Luiz Gonzaga. I’ve been delaying writing this post for some time now. In fact, his birthday was on December 13th and I had wanted to celebrate and write this for that day. Alas, it was not to be. Instead I did what every good forrozeiro should do while in...
NuJazz Festival takes five (and how)

NuJazz Festival takes five (and how)

Jay Cleary knows a thing or two about carving out a niche in the Toronto music scene. He’s brought hundreds of artists through in many years, representing big-time on the local and international acts of a funk, groove and soul nature. Cleary has been all over it in Toronto for years but now lives in...
Celebrating a year in the life of Fedora Upside-Down

Celebrating a year in the life of Fedora Upside-Down

Around a table on Freeman Dre’s deck in Parkdale, the heads behind the Fedora Upside-Down collective discuss details of the upcoming festival. Beyond the logistics of programming three separate rooms, including two live music stages, there are mentions of theatrical performers, photo exhibitors, art installation creators, dance and interactive performance artists, lighting planners and decor...
Brazilian World Music Day - 7 de Setembro Dia Mundial de Música Brasileira

Brazilian World Music Day – 7 de Setembro Dia Mundial de Música Brasileira

Over in New York City and in the grand diaspora of Brazilian music lovers worldwide, a singular project has been building up over the past year. The ARChive of Contemporary Music, based in NYC and with Columbia University as a founding partner, has amassed and catalogued thousands upon thousands of Brazilian recordings in the U.S.,...
Brazil Bombay Jam

Brazil Bombay Jam

I guess you can sum it up as a musical perspective of India through Brazil. On Thursday May 31st Small World Music will present Bombay Brazil. The show will join  together some of the most active and accomplished musicians in Toronto’s Brazilian and South Asian music scene. After literally almost running into into Alan Davis...
Rockers Arena: Underground Sound

Rockers Arena: Underground Sound

Underground in the city. In fact, there were some issues whether we should even post about this because it is strictly for the people who like a late and hidden party, and for those who like the good sound of a resident selector and dub plates. In our internationalized world, the reggae style is alive and...
Funk Carioca and Kuduro Angolano

Funk Carioca and Kuduro Angolano

There are two heavy afro-electro roots based manifestations on either side of the South Atlantic, oddly enough both from from former Portuguese colonies: Funk Carioca from Brazil and Kuduro from Angola. Each is different but sometimes they like each other and they get together. Baile Funk (Funk Carioca) I’m not going to go on a...
Dos Mundos in COLOMBIA!

Dos Mundos in COLOMBIA!

The last time I was in Colombia, it was 2005 and I was a directionless wreck who was looking for some selfish fun and just wanted drastic change right away. And I got all those things and this is what’s great about Colombia. No other place in the world could I have self-destructed and come...
Afro Connections: Wunmi in Toronto

Afro Connections: Wunmi in Toronto

Africa has long been regarded as ground zero for the beat and the sole birthplace of rhythm. Without exaggeration, it is the very epicentre from which an endless stream of beat-driven music has flowed since day one. But while the continent itself is as varied musically as anywhere else in the world, we tend to...
Carnival's hangover party: Masquerade

Carnival’s hangover party: Masquerade

Carnival is a time and place where people forget their state of being and rejoice in a world that is beyond present reality and where the normal rules of play don’t necessarily apply, yet oddly enough it’s all about play… don’t fret, it’s not over yet … All around the world, and especially in the...