Artist Bios

Bracket – Nigeria

 

Bracket are a Nigerian afropop and R&B music duo “Smash” and “Vast” currently signed to Ape Planet and are best known for releasing hit singles like “Happy Day,” “Yori-Yori,” and “Ada Owerri.” In 2012, Bracket received an honorary award from the city of Philadelphia at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Some of their awards and nominations include: 2012 Artist of the year (won), The Headies (Nigeria); 2013 Best Indigenous Artist/Group and Best Collaboration of the Year (Nominated), Nigeria Entertainment Awards; 2016 Best African Group (Nominated), Kora Awards (South Africa).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mi Casa – South Africa

 

Mi Casa Music is coming off an unprecedented 2016 in which they toured multiple countries in Africa including Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Tanzania, Angola, and Uganda. They also collaborated with a number of great African artist including Yemi Alade (Nigeria) and Eddy kenzo (Uganda). The group is working towards making music the single most important instrument in bringing continents together. They are currently working on a Legacy tour in 2017.

 

Gabacho Maroc – Morocco

Highly creative, the Gabacho Maroc band features members from Morocco, France and Algeria. Their joyous stew of Afrojazz is enhanced with musical traditions from the Spanish, Moroccan and Gnawa cultures. After over 100 concerts and 70 festivals, in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia, the eight piece fusion ensemble is among the newest and most exciting bands at the moment.

Black Stars

 

The Black Stars was established under the visionary direction of Esie Mensah, a professional dancer and choreographer. The Black Stars is a coalition of afro-influenced dancers committed to becoming a leader in Afro Fusion Dance. Their array of skills combines more than seven African dance styles including Azonto, Kuduro and Ndombolo that they showcase as one flawless artistic expression.

Ngoma Ensemble – Multinational

Formed in 1995 this is a group of second generation young performers who capture the essence of their cultural heritage through the drum and who are committed to honoring their ancestry through their presentation of drum pieces that educate, empower and embrace the majesty of African Heritage. Taught by alumni the mandate is to further develop the education of their art, heritage and global leadership.

DJ Biggy – Ethiopia

“DJ BIGGY,” Berhan Haile was born in Ethiopia, raised in Addis Ababa. In 1992, Berhan moved to Toronto and started working with many African musicians and dancers in various shows like the Ethiopian day Festival, Bana ‘y’ Africa, and the African Dance Festival. He remains a musical force to be reckoned with and is determined to carry on performing and recording. Hear for yourself the unique sound that first echoed through Africa and now the world through “DJ BIGGY.”

 

 

X Maleya – Cameroon

 

X Maleya is an internationally acclaimed pan african trio whose music is based on their cultural roots and who consistently challenge themselves to explore other musical genres. Their awards include: Artist of the year (2003), Cameroon; Best Artist, Best Song, Best Urban Artist, Canal D’or Awards (2011) Cameroon; Best Central African Artist, Kunde Awards (2012), Burkina Faso; Best African Group, Kora Awards 2016 nomination.

 

Dicko Fils – Burkina Faso

 

Moulaye Dicko, also known by his stage name Dicko Fils, is a Burkinabé musician of Fulbe origin. He sings and plays the kamale n’goni. He received the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit from the Ministry of Culture of Burkina Faso in 2011 and was named best artist of the year, receiving the Special Ado Leontine Gorgo Award in 2015. He also won the Kundé d’Or award in 2016, an award for the best music of Burkina Faso. Dicko Fils quickly became an artist recognized throughout West Africa, releasing albums in 2005, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016.

 

DJ Flowmaster – Kenya

DJ Flowmaster arguably the best Kenyan entertainment promoter in Toronto. He has mastered the art of blending African music from different African countries, from genres like Coupe Decale, Ndombolo, Soukouss, Afro Jazz, African Rhumba, Makossa, Afrobeat, Ghana hip & high life, kwaito, South African house music, East African jams, Kuduro, Kizomba & zouk, just to mention a few. His versatility and wealth of experience makes him an invaluable asset within the African entertainment scene in Toronto.