Amai Kuda et Les Bois - EmUrgency! Album Release Party

Join Amai Kuda et Les Bois for the EmUrgency! Album Release Party on Friday December 9th. With special opening performance by: Janïsa.

All funds raised go towards the Sankofa Maroon Village project

About Amai Kuda et Les Bois

“tantalizing Afro-soul combo of folk, roots, desert blues and African continental music,” - NOW Magazine

"earthy and rootsy and good for your ears" - CBC's Errol Nazareth.

Amai Kuda et Les Bois don’t fit into the usual boxes. Breaking boundaries is part of their superpower. Not a band or a solo act, they prefer to call themselves ‘a movement.’ Led by Amai Kuda, their shows and albums always begin with the pouring of libations and the invocation of ancestors. This spiritual element weaves its way throughout all their music, whether that be soothing acoustic ballads, dancy electronic grooves or alt-rock-hip-hop-infused political tracks. Ecouché, for example, the “stunning new single” (Indie88) off the new album EmUrgency! is sung entirely in a language of ancestral communication and can’t be delivered the same way twice.

About EmUrgency!

EmUrgency! was recorded, mixed and mastered at Quantum Vox Music with co-producer, Jimmy Kiddo, and reflects Amai’s vast influences: Afrohouse, Motown, alt rock, hip hop and downtempo, with inflections of Amai’s Trinidadian heritage and Toronto upbringing in the mix. The album speaks to the struggles, wisdoms, and joys of Amai’s journey, being guided by ancestors and Orishas, and staying true to her calling as mother, healer, warrior and artist, despite the many obstacles facing Black, queer women in the music industry and society at large. On the songs, Amai delves into African Indigenous spiritual traditions, connecting with gods and deities of Yoruba cosmology, the anti-colonial war for survival, unconditional love, honouring elders, as well as the inner child and how to preserve it in times of struggle.

About Janïsa

"...uses her silky voice to fill the space with dreamy, lovesick songs, skilfully accompanying herself on acoustic guitar.". -

janïsa is a Toronto born singer, songwriter who grew up in the prairies of Alberta singing hymns in her mother's church and sneaking in the frequency of secular Pop R&B hits on an old bedroom alarm clock radio that sat innocently on her night table.

Now janïsa bridges the gap between two disparate musical worlds. She merges the intimacy and introspection of a singer-songwriter with the rich aesthetic of Roots, Soul and R n B.

janïsa’s musical work is a perfect expression of the sanctities, and sometimes the sorrows, that attach themselves to life and finding one’s self. She is a beguiling artist with a troubadour’s commitment to lyric and story. janïsa has performed over 10,000 hrs across the country in multiple venues and festivals like the Canadian Music Festival, NXNE, Canadian Music Week, Manifesto Festival, Vancouver Island Music Festival and much more.

Photo by Samuel Engelking.

Amai Kuda et Les Bois - EmUrgency! Album Release Party

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