By Danny Sheahan and Moboluwajidide Joseph
Obeah Opera – A hypnotizingly rhythmic a capella presented at Luminato ‘19
Sitting in the Fleck Dance Theatre and surveying the set and stage, it is hard not to feel a frisson of excitement before Obeah Opera starts. Once it does however, the audience is lost to the brilliant new world the actors present to us. One in which Caribbean spirituality helps enslaved and abused women cope with their new realities of being torn away from home, and shipped off to sate the demand of the New World.
By Moboluwajidide Joseph
When speaking with Ayo Leilani and SunSun, our conversation was filled with laughter as I tried to piece together their experiences as two queer women of colour living in Toronto, with careers as professional music artists. The duo, with Mas Aya who is their drummer, comprise Above Top Secret: a Toronto based music group whose distinct sound can be described as an eclectic mix of hip-hop, dub, electro and soul.
By Randy Reid
VIBE105 has joined in on Raptormania during the 2019 NBA Finals with a creative twist on Ka’wine & Dine [#kawineanddine]!
By Ishawna Ross
Brampton is home to tons of talent that has been making huge waves in the music scene and Romeyo Wilson is another to add that roster. With tracks like “Birthday” & “Tell Your Body” —just to name a few— this Brampton native brings back that R&B core sound with his own twist to it. With a melodic sound, and smooth voice he is definitely one to carry on the torch representing the many talents coming out of Canada.
By Benjamin Akpan
There’s no denying the influence of Korea in western culture. Korean soap operas have become a staple ever since Netflix began offering Korean dramas on its platform in 2008. And never forget the ever-alluring 10-step Korean skincare routine currently sweeping the beauty industry. Amidst all the toners, serums, and sheet masks comes Korean music, K-Pop.
By Yulia Fedorov
Hip hop artist Amrit Singh, aka, Noyz, is known for advocating for change through his rap lyrics. His hits, such as Degrees of Freedom, The Zoo, and I Got a Love, all focus on a variety of hard-hitting subjects like racism, mental health, and police brutality. But what many don’t know about Noyzis that not only is he a social justice advocate through his music, but he’s also making change happen off-stage.