World/Latin/African/Ethnic

Tamar Ilana

Tamar Ilana is an internationally renowned award-winning vocalist, singing in over 20 languages, and a mesmerizing flamenco dancer. Tamar grew up on stage and on the road as the daughter of a travelling ethnomusicologist and is of Jewish, Indigenous, Romanian and Scottish descent. Her global music project, Tamar Ilana & Ventanas, has released three albums - two of them at the Aga Khan Museum – and received four CFMA nominations. In 2020, Tamar co-founded fabcollab.ca to showcase BIPOC, female-identifying and minority artists online.

Elmer Ferrer

Elmer Ferrer is a multi-award-winning Guitarist, Music Composer and Producer. Born in Cuba and based in Toronto since 2009, Elmer is widely recognized as one of the most versatile and prolific musicians from the high-quality music producing island. He launched his solo career in 2002, winning Cubadisco Award Best New Album of the Year and a nomination as Best Jazz Album with his first solo CD release “Metropoli”. Elmer’s original instrumental song Los Gatos de Alf won Honorable Mention in the Jazz category at the International Songwriting Competition 2006.

Jesse Ryan

Trinidadian-born saxophonist and composer Jesse Ryan has been praised as a fresh new voice, with a unique perspective on the music of today. His "Bridges" project is an emerging, eclectic quintet that bridges both the jazz and Afro-Caribbean traditions - a true celebration of the cultural, rhythmic and expressive connections between North America and the islands.

Kokoroko

KOKOROKO are a young, London based Afrobeat 8-Piece band led by trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey. We play music we love, we grew up with and our parents got funky to. Inspired by Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor, Tony Allen and the great sounds that come out of West Africa, we put on a performance to honour the masters that taught us. We specialize in a soul-shaking, horn-fueled sound with West African roots and Inner London hues.

What's so good about the Montuno Police?

Submitted by Josh Grossman on Wed Jan 22 9:59am

Take six of Canada's top musicians with a foundation in jazz, mix in influences from Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Arabic musical traditions, add great writing and exciting soloing and what do you get? The all-night dance party that is Rick Shadrach Lazar and Montuno Police. And this Saturday night, as part of the Geary Lane Jazz Series, they'll celebrate their 25th anniversary.

Ana Moura

Exquisite vocalist Ana Moura possesses a sound unlike any other in fado. Her voice strolls freely through the Portuguese tradition, flirting elegantly with pop and broadening the soul-bearing genre to stunning results.

Femi Kuti

2019 has been extremely intense for Femi Kuti, playing on the world's most exciting and prestigious stages and festivals, while being involved in many recording projects and being deeply engaged in an activism that aims to promise more justice and a better planet for future generations

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.

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