Singer/songwriter Amai Kuda launches her debut CD Sand From The Sea with a special concert
October 7 at The Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Ave in Toronto. Doors open at 9pm. Showtime is at 10pm
Sand from the Sea is the work of a young music artist determined to match her creative instincts with her strong feelings about the world she lives in.
Infectious, dynamic, and highly original, Amami Kuda effortlessly blends the diasporic music traditions of blues, gospel and continental African music with hip hop and electronica flavours. Blessed with a powerful, soulful voice and a love of different song forms, Sand from the Sea is an album that defies easy categorization.
From the more poetic lyrics of ‘Down in the Delta’ to the super direct political starements in ‘So Confused’ , Amai Kuda’s songs refect the life and times of an activist and songwriter who is learning to trust the power of the poetry in her songs.
Popular within progressive political circles and the diverse womens cultural scene in Toronto, Amai Kuda is the daughter of the internationally awarded writer, Nourbese Philip, who has used her work to speak out about all kinds of injustice.
The name Amai Kuda means “mother to the will of the creator” in the southern African language Shona.
Aside from her work as a musician and songwriter, Amai Kuda co-founded and co-coordinates three organizations, Moyo Wa Africa, Seven Directions and R3, dedicated to the decolonization of African peoples and to indigenous solidarity respectively.
Dance Chaka www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLm63fd7uz0
All My Fine Shoes www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-NyqsHbU8I
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Sand from The Sea will be released on February 7, and will be availabe through iTunes and Amazon
R3: (Roots Rhythms Resistance) is an artists’ collective recovering indigenous roots and resisting colonial oppression through music, dance, visual art and theatre for and by marginalized peoples, with a particular focus on Queer Indigenous and Queer communities of colour.
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