Evelyn Eliana Bailey first generation Canadian born in June 1985, carries both west indian Jamaican and native Chilean ancestry. Evelyn has always been immersed in classical fine arts, at a very young age Evelyn picked up her alias ‘Eva’ among her closest communities. Eva recognized that in order to become a master at any craft, […]
Dwayne Morgan began his career as a spoken word artist in 1993. In 1994, he founded Up From The Roots entertainment, to promote the positive artistic contributions of African Canadian and urban influenced artists. Morgan is a 2017 finalist for the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Spoken Word, and a […]
Ahmed Fofana was born in Cote d’Ivoire to Malian parents. He comes from a family of griots, carrying on the tradition of a long line of musicans and poets, playing flute, balafon, kora and percussion. He has worked with the most celebrated exponents of the vibrant Malian music scene including Toumani Diabate, Amadou and Mariam, […]
Boris Pierrou is Djembe player, professor of percussion and traditional African singing at the conservatory of music of Hérouville St Clair. He also teaches at various centers of cultural performing Arts in Tandem, the Prairie and in the schools of Caen. Boris has performed and toured extensively throughout Europe and Africa. He is a soloist […]
Born in Conakry, Guinea, Abdoulaye Toure began drumming at 10 years old. In time he became well versed in the traditional music of his country, excelling in playing djembe, kenkeni, sangban and dundun drums and krin. He has performed with Guinea’s highly acclaimed National Ballet Djoliba and with Papa Kouyate’s Les Petits Sorcier, traveling throughout […]
Safiya Daley’s Indigo Mood presents Under One Rhythm: A ‘fashion live’ story, telling the tale of planet Earth’s origination and unification showcasing each continent and the five elements through music & fashion. The traveler is taken on a fabric journey of rediscovery and infusion. Under the banner Kinky Kreatioins™, Safiya started as a travelling hairstylist […]
The Indian born Canadian Violinist A. Jayadevan hails from a family of artists, his grand father being Abhayadev, a well known name both in Malayalam film and literary worlds. Jayadevan started learning violin at his young age under Kalaksethram Madhu and Nedumangadu Sivanandan. By the time he had become a post graduate in his academic […]
Subhajyoti Guha was introduced to Tabla at an young age by his father Dr S R Guha and later since1983 he has been training under tabla maestro Pdt Sankha Chatterjee. Subhajyoti received the President’s award in 1989 and presently is a grade A artiste of AIR and TV and performs regularly in major concerts worldwide. […]
Shamakah Ali’s music career began in his hometown of Memphis Tennessee, when he started playing drums with various local Blues artists on the world famous Beale Street, at W.C Handy Park, he says “back before the Blues Foundation was formed.” Shamakah’s first recording band The SKWARES debuted on Atlantic Records Cotillion label in 1983, The […]
Actor, Director & Master of Ceremonies.
Mamadou Kone a.k.a. Madou Kaki is a Malian born musician. He is a versatile percussionist who specializes in the rhythms and techniques of the Djembe.
Aicha Diate Sylla is a singer from the city of kai (Mali) and is based in Montreal, Quebec. She is the daughter of Elhadj Mamadou and Hadja Daloba Diakité. Her debut in music dates back to 1992 when she became one of the dancers in the group Balai commune of Matam and that of Balai […]
The Friday Night Drummers are a group of musicians with a love for West African traditional rhythms and a strong desire to present this genre to audiences everywhere. With a dad and daughters at the core, FND is on a journey of continuous learning in an effort to properly represent the rich culture from which […]
In the words of legendary dancer, actress and cultural icon Fifi Abdou, “Nada El Masriya is the Ambassador of Egyptian Dance in Canada.” A graduate of Cairo University with a degree in Law and a minor in the history of Egyptian Culture & Dance traditions Nada has spent most of her life training, teaching and […]
Joy Lapps is a musician, composer and arts educator. Her efficiency with the tenor pan and her diverse performance range have led to great audience receptions, and flattering recognition from seasoned professional pannists. She performed at various festivals including Toronto’s Afrofest, Toronto’s TD Jazz Festival and Antigua’s Moods of Pan Festival. She leads The Joy […]
Neil Brathwaite was raised in Montreal, Quebec, with West Indian roots in Barbados. Neil was introduced to classical music and studied piano with Daisy Sweeney, the sister of Oscar Peterson’s sister, at the age 7. He was initiated to Jazz by his dad and began to play Alto sax in highschool. Studied Sciences at the […]
Everything starts in Burkina Faso, birthplace of Abdoulaye Traore. He first learned the guitar from his sister who is herself an accomplished guitarist. From that moment, Abdoulaye Traoré never left his guitar! Abdoulaye became a pupil of Siaka and Barro and toured alongside Victor Deme, also a student at the time. Rare are virtuoso musicians […]
Salif Sanou is a gifted flute and Kamélé N’goni (hand-harp) player.
World renowned Master percussionist and composer Amara Kante.