World/Latin/African/Ethnic

Lorraine Klaasen

Lorraine Klaasen, the daughter of legendary South African Jazz singer Thandie Klaasen, is one of the few South African artists who have preserved the classic sound of Township Music, which continues to be the most distinctive sound to come out of South Africa. Born and raised in Soweto, Lorraine has electrified audiences worldwide with her dynamic stage presence and showmanship.

Memo Acevedo & The Building Bridges Band, w/ Jacquelene Acevedo

We are family! Memo Acevedo & his daughter Jacquelene Acevedo have been making a buzz internationally and we’re excited to have them at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival and extend a warm first-time welcome to Jacquelene, the perfect foil for Memo. What a treat to hear blood on blood, which harkens to the call-and-response that is the heart of rumba.

Manuel Valera Trio

Based in New York City, Grammy nominated pianist and composer Manuel Valera was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. He has become well known in the NYC modern jazz scene, garnering national reviews and lending his talents as a pianist and composer to such notable artist as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Brian Lynch, Dafnis Prieto, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Chris Potter, Dave Binney, Adam Rogers, Mark Turner, John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Joel Frahm, Yosvany Terry and Pedro Martinez among many others.

Ogguere & Cuarteto Rumberos

Acclaimed Afro-Cuban poet/rapper OGGUERE (from Orishas) is a master of rhythm and music the springs from the expert dissection of the jazz metaphor and the clave of Cuban son. Here he joins forces with iconic jazz-hip-hop trumpet player BROWNMAN (from Guru's Jazzmatazz) to form CUARTETO RUMBERTO - a unique 4-man powerhouse of modern Cuban-jazz-hip-hop.

Buika

It has been said that; “Buika combines all the styles along with her emotionally charged lyrics and such broken sensuality in her voice, make her an unparallel artist.” Buika has no limitations when interpreting the different genres embodied in her discography, a fact reflected in the variety of her collaborations with musicians and singers whether in Spanish, Catalan, English, French or Portuguese.

Aline Morales

Aline Morales’ days of being Toronto’s best kept secret are over. Since her arrival in Canada in 2003, Brazilian-born Morales has been well known locally as a dynamic singer, percussionist and bandleader. However, it was release of her debut solo album, the stunning Flores, Tambores e Amores, that brought national attention to this unique artist, culminating in the recent Juno nomination for World Music Album of the Year. Released in 2011, Flores, Tambores e Amores was met with widespread critical acclaim, reaching #1 on Canada’s Folk/World charts and landing on several best of 2011 lists.

Banda Illuminada

Banda Iluminada is a new and exciting collective of some of Canada's most accomplished Brazilian music performers. Rooted in the chorinho tradition from Rio de Janeiro, the band also performs a varied and compelling repertoire, characteristic of some of Brazil's most musical regions.Featuring the tremendous voice of Aline Mo rales, accordionist wizardry of Julien Labro, and master vibraphonist Mark Duggan, the sound and texture of this group is thrilling!

Jason Wilson

Considered one of the most important figures in the Canadian reggae scene, Jason Wilson was the protégé of Studio One keyboardist Jackie Mittoo & the cousin of UB40’s Michael Virtue. A two-time Juno Award nominee & Canadian Reggae Music Award winner, this latest project is a reggae-jazz mashup.

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