Aline Morales’ days of being Toronto’s best kept secret are over. Since arriving in Toronto in 2003, Brazilian-born Morales has been well known locally as a dynamic singer, percussionist and bandleader. However, it was the release of her debut solo album, the stunning Flores, Tambores e Amores, that brought national attention to this unique artist, culminating in a 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 and in 2013, the well-known Putumayo label included Aline’s song “Pra Que Sambar” on their Women of Brazil compilation.
Born and raised in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Aline began her performing career as a child training in capoeira, and by her 20’s she had performed in a variety of traditional and modern bands including one of Brazil’s most well-known maracatu groups, Nacao Estrela Brilhante do Recife. Since her arrival in Toronto, she has been a tireless promoter of the traditional maracatu rhythms of Northeastern Brazil, performing with her 30-member percussion troupe, Baque de Bamba, at countless outdoor festivals and events. She also gained recognition through her role as Resident Artist at the Young Centre for Performing Arts, and by starring in an Ontario Tourism’s “There’s No Place Like This” commercial.