Bridges Tropical Mashup: Live, Analog & Digital
Co-presented by Dos Mundos Arts & Media
The vibe is unpretentious, with no spectators and fun for the tropically adventurous. This is a true Uma Nota experience, featuring two rooms of musical flavours from across the Americas to excite and groove the dancing soul.
The main hall will be a hot throwdown with live acts representing Brazil and Colombia and DJs bringing tropical bass, cumbia electronica and the non-stop dance party tunes of Latin Alternative.
Meanwhile the Record Room becomes our second are, one dedicated to vinyl sounds, from funk, soul, reggae and ska to MPB and Afro-Latin analog treats.
In the Main Hall:
A Toronto-born DJ and producer living in New York City, Uproot Andy is the selector behind the immensely popular monthly “Que Bajo!?” parties in NYC, one of the key entities in tropical bass music. Along with frequent partner in crime Geko Jones, who also appears at the Bridges Tropical Mashup, Uproot Andy this year launched the Que Bajo!? record label, on which he’s already released his Worldwide Ting Vol. I and II collections, remixing 11 distinct styles of music from 11 parts of the world. Uproot Andy has also collaborated in recent years with Liliana Saumet of Colombian group Bomba Estereo at events and shows in Toronto, NYC and Colombia.
Los Hijos de Tuta
This six-piece international roots cumbia band calls themselves “El Orgullo Colombiano” (pride of Colombia). Los Hijos de Tuta (“the sons of Tuta”) perform authentic Parrandera music from that country’s interior region, with the warm sounds of strings, Latin percussion and Spanish vocals. Familiar to the city’s Colombian community from parties and celebrations across GTA dancehalls, the band rarely appears at Queen West area events. This show will be their Uma Nota debut.
An Afro-Brazilian percussion band bringing drums, song and passion, Bloco Bracatum delivers powerful rhythms from two of Brazil’s richest musical regions, the states of Bahia and Pernambuco. Led by Contra-Mestre Bola of Capoeira Camara, the band plays heavy Afro-influenced Brazilian grooves, from traditional rhythms and songs to cool arrangements of the music of Caetano Veloso and famous “Bloco Afro” groups Olodum and Ilê Aiyê. Watch for special participation from the coolest of T.O.’s samba and Capoeira crews as part of this high-energy spectacle. This band is guaranteed to get you moving.
More than Uproot Andy’s cohort, Jones is another top name in the tropical bass and “cumbia electronica” movements. The DJ recently released Geko Jones and Atropolis present: Palenque Records Remixed, a digital exploration of the rich Afro-Caribbean musical history of a small community in northern Colombia, with remixes from a bunch of hot global producers. His numerous collaborations include those with Los Rakas and Boogat, and he frequently travels to Colombia for gigs and music production trips, connecting the Americas through his music.
“Picture Bjork if she grew up in Baranquilla” (Sergio Elmir of Dos Mundos). The performer sometimes known as “Soundsister” is one of the defining Latin Alternative artists around. Her music incorporates electronic beats, analog synths, Afro-Colombian rhythms and out-of-this-world chanting. Originally from Barranquilla, Colombia, now based in Toronto, Lido Pimienta is an innovative visual artist and music maker who has cleared a path for other bold artists in Canada and worldwide. Her “dramatic and glamorous music of pathetic terror” has earned the songwriter, lyricist and improviser well-deserved attention in Canada, Colombia and beyond. Pimienta, who also curates the Bridges music series at Lula Lounge with Dos Mundos, is getting ready to release a new EP in late 2013. She will get the night started in her own unique fashion.
Uma Nota’s founding resident DJ lets loose with a special set incorporating samba and MPB, reggae, Afro-Latin styles, Afrobeat and beyond. The General always matches the energetic Uma Nota dance floor with the best tracks at all the right moments.
DJs in the Record Room:
Jason Palma (Footprints)
Toronto’s godfather DJ of soulful, funky and polyrhythmic music is one of the founders of the mighty Footprints monthly and the host of CIUT Radio’s Higher Ground program. He brings us the samba*funk*soul power as only Palma can.
Guv’nor General (Pressure Drop)
One of Toronto’s major authorities on all things Jamaican, roots and tropical, the Guv’nor is one of the founders of the monthly Pressure Drop series, where he provides a much needed dose of rootical and natty vibes. Prepare for dancefloor roots getdown styles with his “Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Dub, Mento, Calypso, Soul and Funk from across the Caribbean.”
Bookshelf & Humble Mike (Record Collective)
The DJ duo behind the newly formed Record Collective share a common passion for party starting and preserving the vinyl sound. They combine the classics with the best of what’s new: funk, soul, Motown, hip-hop, samba, Brazilian funk, you name it. Bookshelf is a multi-instrumentalist and technician, and Humble Mike a music video director well known for his involvement in the Live in Bellwoods series; all of that music and audio experience informs the DJ sounds of their Record Collective.
+ General Eclectic (Record Room set)
Record Room co-presented by Footprints
Bridges Tropical Mashup: Live, Analog and Digital. Co-presented by Dos Mundos Arts & Media
Saturday, October 19
The Great Hall, 1097 Queen St. W.
Doors 9 p.m.
Advance tickets $12 / $15 at the door until 11 p.m. / $20 after