World/Latin/African/Ethnic

Louis Simao

Award winning Toronto-based musician Louis Simão has been composing, performing and recording as a multi-instrumentalist in a variety of genres for over twenty years. His repertoire is a collection of his own compositions and arrangements that take the listener on a journey through the sounds of the Portuguese-speaking world in a style and voice that is at once universal while remaining deeply personal.

Ahmed Moneka

During his formative years in Iraq, Ahmed Moneka learned traditional songs and drumming in an African family tradition that was brought to Iraq in the 12th century. Later he was accepted to the top high school for the performing arts in Baghdad, where he learned a variety of artistic disciplines from theatre to singing maqam (scales and nuances) of Middle Eastern music. Through these experiences, Ahmed acquired his perspectives on our world and his place within it, and continued attending the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad.

Silibrina

Band of instrumental Brazilian music created by Gabriel Nóbrega who, besides playing the piano, is responsible for compositions and arrangements in the septet. He counts with Ricardinho Paraíso (bass), Jabes Felipe (drums), Matheus Prado (percussion), Wagner Barbosa (sax), Reynaldo Izeppi (trumpet) and Gileno Foinquinos (guitar), artists with diverse references, coming from different regions in Brazil and extremely active in the music scene.

Silibrina was selected for the SXSW and had a North-American season in Austin and New York, performing in important jazz houses as Nublu.

Omara Portuondo

Buena Vista Social Club™ Diva celebrates her music and life with a special tour accompanied by special guests

While other much loved Buena Vista stars like Ruben Gonzalez and Ibrahim Ferrer were lured out of retirement. Omara has been continually performing in public since the age 15, a legendary singer whose voice reflects a long, creative life of passion and music. She has been singing professionally for an incredible 70 years, and while revolutions and wars shook the globe, she has carried on, with indomitable elegance.

Lightstone / Katz / Koller Klezmer Trio

Brian Katz (guitar, piano), famed jazz and Jewish music artist, Jonno Lightstone, acclaimed klezmer clarinettist / flutist and the great “all over the map” bassist, George Koller combine their talents to explore their fresh take on klezmer. Bringing together a multitude of musical styles and experience, the trio creates a variety of diverse moods by weaving the melodies of klezmer with the sounds and textures of jazz, Indian raga, chamber music, and down home rock’n blues! Dancing shoes and a whacky hat required!

OKAN

OKAN embraces every culture and welcomes it as its own. The meaning of OKAN is Soul in the Afro Cuban religion Santeria. Blending pure Cuban Traditional Music, Jazz, and Afro Cuban style mixed with world rhythms, into music of great sophistication. A look to the past and the roots of Cuban Music with a Modern and fresh touch. Evolution. A step forward representing Cuban Music outside Cuba.

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