Women in Percussion Festival (Day 2): Brenda Navarrete + OKAN + Aline and Jabu Morales

Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 7pm

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The second night of Lula's inaugural Women in Percussion festival features the work of percussionist/ composers from Cuba and Brazil. Presented by Lula Music and Arts Centre


Doors Open: 6:00pm / Show Starts: 7:00pm

Admission: $15 in advance (without fees + taxes) / $20 at the door

Dinner reservations guarantee seating. Call 416 588 0307 to reserve your table!


Brenda Navarrete (7:00pm)

Brenda Navarrete has collaborated with Cuba’s music elite and has toured in Canada and the US. From the beginning, Brenda set her sights on percussion and a career in music. A graduate of Cuba’s prestigious Amadeo Roldán Music Conservatory, she earned accreditations as an instrumentalist and ensemble and percussion instructor. Brenda is making her mark as an accomplished singer, percussionist, composer and arranger. Her new recording on Alma Records will be released later this year.



OKAN (8:30pm)

OKAN represents the next evolution of Cuban music outside of Cuba, providing a modern perspective on the rich roots of Cuban music. Taking its name from the word for soul in the Afro Cuban religion Santeria, OKAN features Havana-born vocalist and violinist Elizabeth Rodriguez and Santiago de Cuba native Magdelys Savigne on percussion. Both artists have recorded and toured extensively with groups such as the Juno-winning band of Jane Bunnett & Maqueque and The Battle of Santiago.
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Aline Morales and Jabu Morales ( 9:30pm)

Aline Morales
Since her arrival in Canada in 2003, Brazilian-born Morales has had a huge impact on the Toronto Brazilian music scene. Largely responsible for the introduction of Maracatu rhythms to Toronto drumming, Aline has built a strong reputation a dynamic singer, percussionist and bandleader. Her 2011 debut solo album, Flores, Tambores e Amores was met with widespread critical acclaim and was nominated for the Juno World Music Album of the Year, reaching first place on Canada’s folk and world charts and landing on several best of 2011 lists. A member of the New Canadian Global Music Orchestra, Aline also leads the popular Maracatu group Baque de Bamba which has recently been undertaking an exciting experimental musical journey, the band Forrónite, and a group under her own name.
Jabu Morales
Barcelona-based Brazilian singer and percussionist Jabu Morales has released several CDs: Jabu (2010) and Malungo (2015). As well her song was chosen to be part of the Universo Brasilis CD release in 2016. A member of the all-female ensemble Tambor de Saia, Jabu leads the group Mandacaru Maracatu, a project that takes inspiration from African influences to create original arrangements and compositions based on traditional rhythms. Jabu is also involved with the Maracatu Barcelona, an organization dedicated to the study, diffusion and promotion of the Maracatu tradition and the weekly forró project Madam Baião in at Barcelona’s Diobar.
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Lula Music and Arts Centre celebrates Canadian women in world and Latin percussion with five days of concerts, workshops and drumming-focussed conversations featuring leading local artists and international guests. While highlighting the work of top-calibre and groundbreaking percussionists with roots in Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba, India, Brazil, Guinea, and the Anishinaabe Nation, Women in Percussion will explore the challenges faced by women drummers as well as the the role of drumming in various cultural and spiritual traditions.

Inspired by women musicians who pursue their artistic vision in the male-dominated world of drumming, contributing programmers Olga Dominguez and Mabinty Sylla have guided the curation of the festival which has been made possible by Ontario150, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canadian Heritage.

Lula Lounge

1585 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON

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