Canadian violinist and composer Andrew Forde has set himself a bold challenge: to remix the creative and intellectual universe of the iconic pianist Glenn Gould, one of the most brilliant musicians of the 20th century, with the aim of exploring the rich identity of Canada.
When Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records, first met a journeyman musician named Bob Marley in 1972, he had a feeling that the young man might find success.
“He had a kind of aura about him,” Mr. Blackwell, 80, recalled in a recent interview. “I had an idea that he could have an impact.”
“Soy negro, soy feo, pero soy tu asesino, no es la cara ni el cuerpo, es mi palón divino (I’m black, I’m ugly, but I’m your killer, it’s not about the face or body, but my holy d…)”. This was one of the most repeated choruses in Cuba, in 2017. The lyric is rude and the rhythm is catchy.
As soca continues to grow in Jamaica, more artistes are being encouraged to dabble in the genre. Several industry insiders believe that artistes should not limit themselves to one genre, but should try their hands at as many as they can.
In Cuba, royalty in music is clear to its sovereigns, especially among females, divas who have managed to forge and stay in popular preference for decades, despite coexisting in a guild of prodigal talent, high competitiveness, generations and modes in constant evolution, and in a contaminated-by-sexist-stereotypes society.
The Canadian musical scene, especially Toronto’s, is being increasingly influenced by styles, artists and sounds from Latin America and the Caribbean. The country’s extraordinary ethnic diversity has attracted talent from every corner of the earth, which has been blended with artists that import different cultural legacies and traditions, thus creating a priceless musical universe. The Canadian people, who like Caribbean and Latin American music, have embraced these new artists.
Brazilian singer Céu drops in for a rare Toronto show on Canada Day, touring her last album,Tropix. Recognized as part of the vanguard of next-gen Brazilian artists, the São Paulo-based singer uniquely mixes música popular brasileira and samba influences with electronics, dub, jazz and Afrobeat.