Canadian singer/songwriter Amanda Martinez was born to a South African mother and a Mexican father; her music blends the spirit of these cultures with a swirl of Latin soul. Her upcoming album, Libre, (2019) means “free,” and celebrates her eclectic roots and inspiration. The collection features guest artists and includes African, Latino, and pop influences, expressing her desire that her music remain free, unconfined to genre.
Amanda has been recognized with nominations as Latin Jazz Artist of the Year (National Jazz Awards) and won Best World Music artist (Toronto Independent Music Awards). She’s traveled the world with her music headlining the Blue Note jazz club, the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games in Mexico and Canada. Amanda has also had guest roles on radio, film and television including Suits, NBC’s Designated Survivor and CBC’s Kim’s Convenience.
Ms. Martinez is a musical ambassador for SOS Children’s Villages Canada and was awarded Top 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians by the Minister of National Revenue. Her passion is empowering Artist Entrepreneurs through her workshop series The Artist Office.
Amanda is a member of the Music Canada Advisory Board and lives in Toronto with her bassist husband and 3 children. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Ontario and an International Masters in Business from York University’s Schulich School of Business.
Donné Roberts is a guitarist, singer, songwriter and a producer (member of African Guitar Summit) JUNO AWARD winner in 2005 and Nominated again in 2007. Was born in Madagascar, raised and educated in Moscow (Russia) and Toronto ON. Performed at Live 8 in 2005, shared stage with Deep Purple, Run DMC, Brian Adams, Tragically Hips, K’Naan and many more...
He was the first black VJ on MTV Russia. Sang back up vocals for ACE of BACE