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Carnaval 2012 is here, from Rio to Salvador to Toronto

Carnaval 2012 is here, from Rio to Salvador to Toronto

The famous, wild and irresistible “clima do Carnaval” has already been heating up all over Brazil for weeks.  From Friday until this coming Ash Wednesday, all bets are off, pleasure and hedonism rule and the world’s most famous giant party takes over. One member of the Uma Nota community taking part in this year’s festivities...
Navideño Reimagined - A Post-Latin Christmas Concert

Navideño Reimagined – A Post-Latin Christmas Concert

The Music Gallery in Toronto Friday December 16th, 2011. Navideño Reimagined. A show for Christmas, treat someone special to a unique concert. From the incredible musical mind of David Dacks, The Music Gallery’s new Artistic Director, Exclaim writer/editor and host of CIUT’s the Abtract Index, comes Navideño Reimagined. The concept is simple and beautiful, take a...
El Mundo del Tropical Bass

El Mundo del Tropical Bass

If you’ve ever heard baile funk, heavy-dub reggaeton or kuduro, you’ve encountered tropical bass, and I doubt you stood still. Tropical Bass or Global Bass encompasses a sprawling mega-genre of electronic music with several designations within it — all of it, though, amounts to that wonderfully dirty, bassy, all-night dance marathon goodness. Sergio Elmir, music...
Tropicalia, the band and the 60s movement

Tropicalia, the band and the 60s movement

Tropicalia, the Toronto band, is a group of musicians and friends who have one thing in common: they don’t wear underwear. Well anyways, that is what their myspace says. They do also share a love for the genre of music known as Tropicalia that came out of Brazil in the 60s and 70s. They are Amy...
A Little Perspective on Forró

A Little Perspective on Forró

With Maria Bonita & The Band playing the Sunday Community Fair at Lula Lounge, we thought we’d explain a little bit about their style of music: forró. Think of a fun evening, a full house and a romantic edge to your step. That is one of the myriad of ways to describe forró! This post is...
Gilberto Gil Inspiration

Gilberto Gil Inspiration

Gilberto Gil has gone beyond being a national idol in Brazil. The former minister of culture, the artist, the social policy visionary and philosopher is today a hero to many around the world. His lecture at the Ontario College of Art Design last Monday was inspirational. The theme was the “Power of Art.” He started...
Set building for Uma Nota: Samba Elégua in videos

Set building for Uma Nota: Samba Elégua in videos

Samba Elégua as a percussive entity, a group of drummers if you prefer, has been around Toronto for 10 years now. The “bootyfunk samba fusion” group (that little doozy made it into Eye Weekly once) was founded by an old friend of mine, Itay Keshet (now Dr. Keshet, back then AKA Dr. Funk). Rumour has...