You won't be able to stop yourself from grooving to the riddims of live local & international talent that takes you from the Latin horns taking over the mainstream, to the Afrobeats that provide the backdrop to so many viral dances and to bumpin’ tropical melodies coming straight from the islands.
Click on each picture to found out more about the artists that will be rocking the stage on festival day
jhoni the voice
Jhoni The Voice is an artist from the Dominican Republic, born October 22nd, 1990. The young singer and producer discovered his passion for music at just 7 years old, when he used to sing for friends and family. He came to New York at 10 years old, when his parents decided to move in hopes of a better future for their family. At the age of 11, Jhoni the Voice was already producing his own material, even though he didn’t have the means to record his music. Jhoni the Voice avoided using generic rhythms or samples, insisting on originality for his music. HIs introduction to music software opened a new world of creativity. From that moment on, Jhoni studied the musical production techniques of Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Luny Tunes, Scott Storch and others in search of inspiration.
In 2014, Jhoni The Voice premiered his first single "Down 4 Me" as a solo artist followed by his album “Jhoni the Voice”, featuring 8 songs. Last year, Jhoni debuted his second album “Raices 2”, revealing his ability to work across genres and highlighting his Latin roots.
This year, Jhoni is back at it again with his new hit single “Piénsalo”, a Latin infused trap song just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Sangea is a common name given to a girl in Liberia which means "female leader". Sangea started in December 2012. The group started with 3 members and has grown up to 10 members over the years. We perform at Community events, Weddings, Private parties, Fundraisers, Festivals and so on.
Sangea performs with West African Traditional music and dance that dates back hundreds of years. This group has members from Mexico, Canada, and various African countries. Sangea is the award winner of the " Fil Fraser Award 2015, Outstanding Performance", winner of the "Afro Canadian Heroes, Artist of the year 2014", and also the winner of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 "Excellent Community Initiative Group Award" by Action for Healthy Communities. The objective of this group is to share and preserve the African culture through music and arts. Sangea uses energetic music (Drumming, Singing, Poetry & Dance) as a tool to build cultural bridges in the community.
SAINT & THE FULL 100 BAND
Recently formed in 2017 but with a combined experience of 50+ years of experience in the music industry, Saint and The Full 100 Band is a four piece reggae band based in Edmonton. It is comprised of amazing local musicians hailing from Jamaica, Trinidad and Canada: Saint on drums and lead vocals, Menon Vishnu on Bass, keyboardist and back-up singer Garth Grey and Norman Frizzell also on the keyboard. Each band member brings their own unique style and personality to the table but all share the love of music. They are without a doubt one of the few bands that are still keeping it real in in the Edmonton's Reggae/Dancehall scene.
Manny y su esquina latina
Manny Valencia, the musical director of Esquina Latina, was born in Canada to Salvadoran parents. He grew up in a musical family and has performed in various cities such as London, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Detroit, Miami, Calgary and now resides in Edmonton. Manny formed Esquina Latina in 2016 and has been active in the latin music scene of Edmonton as a Latin DJ and as freelance musician. La Esquina Latina brings hot tropical vibes to the dance floor that you don’t want to miss.
MelAfrique is a band formed in 2016. The name is a condensed form of the term "Melanin from Africa". They play variety of genres: Jazz, R&B, Neo-soul, and they refer to their sound as Afro-fusion. They hope to inspire people with good music, in every sense of the world. Through music, they express their identities as Africans, as musicians and all the other identities that they each come with.
MelAfrique’s members (from left to right) include Aristotle Jorge Canga, Adanna Onuekwusi, Leshan Masikonte, Riwo Egor, and Enoch Attey.
You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram @melafrique_!
SOJI JOSEPH & FRIENDS
"My name is Soji Joseph. I was born in Zimbabwe and I am also of Nigerian heritage. I started making music when I was 12 but it didn't become a passion of mine until 3 years ago. I really fell in love with creating music and expressing myself through it. Through my journey I was able to release my first E.P "Me to You"; which showed people a snippet of what I am capable of doing musically. I've been working on my second project called "Agape" and I'm excited to release it later on this month and perform some of it at The Afro Latinx Live Music Festival. I'm excited and grateful to perform again at one of La Connexional's event along with many other talented artists."
CVZY IS A MULTIDISCIPLINARY COLLECTION OF EXPRESSIONS COMPOSED OF ARTISTS EXPLORING LIVING.
Cherelle George is the creator of Edmonton Premier Caribbean Fitness Class and Entertainment group -SocaFit. Her classes have been published in papers and taught around the world in places such as Trinidad, Costa Rica, Barbados, etc and have been added to many local physical education school programs. She has been given the opportunity to showcase SocaFit as well as her dance talents behind various Caribbean artists locally and internationally.
Cherelles goal with SocaFit is to continue to spread the love of Caribbean culture with others while promoting a healthy lifestyle through dance and fitness regardless of age, size, or experience. As she focuses on teaching, she also makes time to travel to the islands to train to assist in keeping authentic Caribbean dance & culture alive in Edmonton. She firmly believes that in order to know where you are going you must understand where you came from and applies this to everything that she touches.
For more information please visit www.socafit.ca
I go by the name of Lexipaz I am a 20 years of age Latina woman, a self taught singer mainly focusing in on R&B and Neo-soul vibes. I've been singing since the day I could talk, still to this day I remember asking my mother to buy me a microphone for my fourth or fifth birthday and it's been history since. I've mostly worked on features with Edmonton rapper conch on his EP "While you slept" and Dirty Sanchez from New York on his Album "New Yuck City" with only more to come. I'm currently working on building my song writing skills and releasing my own music in the form of singles. I hope to inspire those that are afraid of the spotlight like I am with my music and to push themselves to reach new heights.
Vivian arrived from Colombia 🇨🇴 to Edmonton three years ago in order to pursue a career in science. But never knowing what she really wanted to become even after grad school, she is currently giving herself the space, time and patience (yet again) to figure it out. Young and just starting to take its baby steps, her contact with poetry was born in Edmonton out of a necessity to show gratitude towards the many poets and artists that have welcomed her in this city by creating a nest of love, care and understanding...A nest that feels comfortable enough to break through silence, which is the dearest and most recurrent of her comfort zones
Mungulu Misinga, better known by his stage name Dr.Biz, is a highly talented singer and rapper known for his congolese music and rap that is earning him many fans as well as sponsors. Born in Montreal in 1994, he moved to Edmonton in 2005. Music is nothing new to the youngster whose mother was a choir participant with him at the age of two ,when he started playing drums. It is no surprise that his music was replete with rhythm and good melodies pleasing to the ear , with west coast influence . At the beginning of his career he worked on percussions at church of Jesus-Christ all his childhood to Adult years. Eventually the talented young man released his solo debut single ‘Biznesis’ which generated considerable praise for to unique melodic vibe of the song and became very popular primarily due to this very reason, the appealing melodies. In addition to his music career, he had also competed at the WCOPA (World Championship of Performing Arts) in 2012 for acting , as well as rapping , that won him bronze medal . He is a voracious speaker and a big fan of Werrason. His blooming career is based on g-funk hip hop and congolese dance music .
NASRA is a Queer, Muslim, Oromo artist, organizer, and activist living in Amiskwaciwȃskahikan (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory. They were the Youth Poet Laureate of Edmonton from 2016 to 2017 and are currently the director of Sister to Sister, an artist collective for/by femmes and women of colour. They are also the festival director of Black Arts Matter—Alberta’s interdisciplinary Black arts festival—and were the 2017 recipient of the Mayor’s Emerging Artist award. NASRA’s is set to release their first poetry chapbook A God Dance in Human Cloth with Glass Buffalo in 2018 and is fiercely curious and a passionate curator of magic.
"I AM A NEW BRAND OF SHINY" ~ Nasra adem
From West African inspired clothing attires all the way to delicious Mexican baked goods passing by comfy hoodies, we have a variety of African, Caribbean and Latin owned business that will be showcasing their services and/or products on Saturday, March 2nd.
Click on each picture to found out more about the vendors that will be present at the festival
KYN Apparel is a fashion business that is striving to offer modern ready to wear and African infused attire to the Afro-Canadian community across Canada while working to carve a space in the fashion world for African prints. The business specializes in incorporating traditional woven material from West Africa, vibrant African prints commonly known as “Ankara” with European fabric in its stylish designs. Kaborette Ya Nèré offers clothes, and clothing accessories and is based here in Edmonton.
The founder and in-house designer of KYN Apparel is Alèthe Kaboré. Born and raised in Burkina Faso, she moved to Edmonton to pursue her studies and could not leave behind her love for African prints and fashion. Alèthe has always had an eye for colors and forms and has a keen interest in fashion design. She is a self-taught designer and seamstress with still a lot to learn and as much to contribute to the fashion world. Her dream is to increase the use of African prints and material in modern wear in Canadian fashion and internationally. Alèthe is looking forward to showcasing her creations and dressing you!
Lacollectiondira is a line of stainless steel bottles designed with positive affirmation quotes, in order to encourage people to develop a better relationship with their inner voice. Lacollectiondira was founded by Munira Nwaakuso, a recent graduate from the University of Alberta who believes that our inner voice should be our best ally. In November 2018, a crowdfunding campaign was launched to fund the startup company
and Lacollectiondira was able to exceed their goal! The online store website for Lacollectiondira will be officially launched soon! In the meantime, people can find the inspirational brand on Instagram (@lacollectiondira) and on Facebook (@lacollectiondira). As a way to give back to the community, a portion of the proceeds made by Lacollectiondira will be donated to two children’s hospitals: the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation in Edmonton and the Montreal’s Children’s Hospital.
M O B I L I Z E ᐊᐧᐢᑲᐄᐧᐃᐧᐣ
“Street wear wit a cree flair”. To empower, educate, and change perspectives of indigenous peoples and movement. Artistic sharing of a story // my indigenous experience. May we all share our stories and move forward as a healed generation. Love power.
Betty G Black created a multidimensional artistic platform called Onyx Creatives in celebration of colored women specifically black queens by recreating storytelling of our cultures, traditions, heritage and all aspects of our roots through creative shoots, interactive art shows, fashion, poetry etc…
“Why ask for a space for us when we can create our OWN positive space? The art dimension I'm currently focusing on is modelling and storytelling. I have found over the course of years that there is one specific type of "beautiful" woman and as generations and trends passed, one type of "beautiful" black woman. Which is why I work with mostly inexperienced, and diverse models who have different shades, body shapes, height and size which is a radical move to show the world and the entertainment industry that women, in particular, black women are beautiful and there is no generic way to categorize beauty.”
Onyx Creatives displays this ideology with one of the most powerful ways of communicating with society: visual journalism. If we all looked the same where would the world be?
Oütro's philosophy is suited for people who aren't scared of new beginnings and will allow you to express yourself through timeless and unique style with no limit, no end. When you feel like your style stopped evolving, remember this is not the end it's just an oütro to your intro.
YEG THE COME UP
This March, coming out of the spirit of Black History Month, YEGTHECOMEUP is having an event to give back to the Greater Edmonton Area. This event will be to assemble emergency care packages for different target organizations. We recognize this as an opportunity to inspire our youth to be active participants in creating the future they want to see.
They are expecting to assemble a total of 150 individually wrapped care packages for several social service organizations to be given directly to homeless youth and or refugee families in need.
A donation drive will be set up at the Afro Latinx Live Music Festival this Saturday March 2nd to aid in assembling these packages. Please bring any if the items listed in the picture on the left!
Humberto Somarriba has over 25 years of experience in tax and accounting services , corporate taxation, CRA appeals and business consulting
Our wicked line up of DJs; BANGERZ, Dj Alejandrop and DJ Diamond; will be taking over control of the Room after the live performances and will be spinning the best of Afrobeats, Afro House, Reggaeton, Latin Urban, Soca and Dancehall. Have you ever been to an Afro Latin Fete? We bet you probably haven’t. Well Saturday, March 2nd is your chance to experience culture, live music & partying like never before!
Click on each picture to found out more about the DJs that will take get you dancing all night long
BANGERZ is a duo of two talented DJs originally from Zimbabwe now based in Edmonton & Calgary. They started DJying in 2016 from small house parties, hall events to club events mainly under La Connexional. They specialize in Banging Southern African music such as Gqom, Afro House, Kwaito and Sghubu just to name a few but are also well-versed in playing Afrobeats, Afro Trap, Dancehall and Trap music.
From Left to Right - Eugine N. & Nkosana M.
Alejandro Quintero better known by his stage name DJ ALEJANDROP was born on May 8, 1999 in the city of Bogota, Colombia. He is a musician, producer and DJ. He started as a DJ From a very early age. This passion has led him to collect music during the last 7 years.
He has experience DJ’ing at bars, discos, concerts, weddings and social and corporate events. He is listed as one of the best Crossover DJs in Edmonton, Canada. his dedication and permanent training has allowed him to play alongside great artists. In short, DJ ALEJANDROP has a great ability to adapt to different musical styles with extensive expertise in the Latin genres.
One of Canada’s most soulful singers, Karella "DJ Diamond” Cummings delivers like no one else. A life time of singing and playing multiple instruments, and growing up listening to Calypso, R&B, Reggae, and Rock, has produced Karella’s ability to adapt to multiple music genres including R&B/Soul, Soca, Reggae, and more.
Bursting onto the music scene singing with her group Sweetness, Karella lead the group to become one of Alberta, Canada's most popular girl groups. While the other members pursued other dreams, Karella continued her musical journey as a solo act.
Still yearning for more in 2003 she created her alter ego DJ Diamond and started to play and weddings,and private parties. Since then DJ Diamond has played at some signature events and nightclubs spinning every genre from Reggae to Pop.