Lead singer Yolanda Chicane, together with Azarias Arone, founded the Maputo-based Banda Kakana. The group has become a leading representative of a new generation of Mozambican bands, following in the celebrated footsteps of groups like Ghorwane, Eyuphuro and Orquestra Marrabenta Star of Mozambique. It is Yolanda’s rich, powerhouse vocals that have been the driving force in the growing success of the group in Mozambique, where they’ve won several major awards, and beyond.
Kakana’s sound is based in marrabenta, popular Mozambican dance music with roots in traditional rhythms and Portuguese folk music (Mozambique gained independence from colonial Portugal in 1975). They fuse this sparkling music with other Mozambican forms and the melodies and rhythms of Africa and the world: Afro-pop, Afro-jazz and rock. They sing in a variety of languages, including Changana, Emacua, Chope, Portuguese and English.
Kakana - Xiluva (Video Original)
"Suhura"- Banda Kakana
Chico António is an icon of contemporary Mozambican music – multi-rhythmic and multi-melodic.His artistic career of over 40 years has generated an unmistakably Mozambican musical style with such creative intensity that it is hard to classify whether you’re inside or outside the country.
His music – a symbiosis of traditional beats with stylized urban rhythms – reflects his own life story: from being a young cattle herder in the countryside to a street kid and then a virtuoso musician on stage
The street boy Chico Antonio is still alive in his memory, and in his conversations with friends he emphasizes that “we all have the ability to reach much farther than where we started out: all we need is the opportunity…”
CHICO ANTONIO - short documentary
Zizi - Chico Antonio
Wodza - Chico Antonio
The Calgary Folk Music Festival says this about Wazimbo: “It’s the most extraordinary of singers who can summon up a world in a single note. Billie Holiday’s smoky voice could do it, instantly evoking the demimonde of small clubs and speakeasies where 1930s jazz thrived. And Humberto Carlos Benfica – Wazimbo – does the same for the poignantly contradictory panorama of beauty and tragedy, poverty and potential that is his native Mozambique”.
To hear the first soaring notes of Wazimbo's signature ballad and most famous song, "Nwahulwana," is to be transported, to experience saudade or longing, and to understand why Hollywood wasn't wrong when Sean Penn included this everlasting ballad for the soundtrack of his film The Pledge, starring Jack Nicholson.
Wazimbo (Moçambique) @ Festim 28 Jun 2013
The Vaudevillians are Brendan J. Stephens on resonator guitar/ carzoobamaphone/ harmonica/ vocals and Willow Walker on washboard and voice, and this duo from Kitchener hasn’t heard a song from the roaring twenties they didn’t like. Retro is all the rage these days but these two reach back nearly a century for inspiration to the jazzy, bluesy 1920s and 30s. They bring a fresh energy to old ragtime and Dixieland arrangements, aided on the recording by Minnie Hart on fiddle/ banjolin/ saw, Buck Thompson on accordion and Jojo Worthington on uke and additional vocals. Some of the material is olde schoole but some of it’s new, written by Brendan. It’s great fun and they’re a very cool live show.
“The Vaudevillians are hot right now, and I mean HOT. On fire.”
Kevin Patrick Robbins, July 26, 2014
Band on a Couch - The Vaudevillian
The Vaudevillian- Banjo Blues
Not all West African musicians are griots, the conveyers of the oral traditions of the Kouyaté, Diabaté and Sissokho castes, the three major family groups that continue to hand down the memory of the Mandingo peoples. Others such as Gaolo warriors are often mistakenly ennobled, here in Canada, with the title of griot.
Be that as it may, Zal Idrissa Sissokho has not only the name but also the traditions and background of this culture, in addition to an incredible talent for improvisation. Zal plays the kora and sings melodies, in both the Malinke and Wolof languages, that are inspired by or that borrow from the traditions of West Africa. He arrived in Montreal in 1999, and received a professional development grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec in 2001. Zal Idrissa Sissokho very quickly established a solid reputation on the Montreal music scene. He performs solo and also with many different groups such as Les frères Diouf, Fakhass Sico, Lilison di Kinara, Takatja and Muna Mingole, and has played on the albums of IKS, Hart Rouge, Lousnak and Les frères Diouf.
Belle et Bum - Zal Sissokho - Soumba
Zal Sissokho -Mama-chérie
Multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer Sérgio Pererê is one of the leading exponents of MPB or Música Popular Brasileira – Brazilian urban pop music that draws inspiration from traditional styles like samba and baião along with his African roots, combined with international influences like jazz and rock. You may have also heard it called Tropicalia – a rich blend of musical styles usually accompanied by poetic lyrics that reflect Brazilian life. Sérgio comes to us directly from Brazil.