Amai Kuda et Les Bois
The sound of Amai Kuda et Les Bois has been described by NOW Magazine as a “tantalizing Afro-soul combo of folk, roots, desert blues and African continental music.” AfroSoul Volume III: Re’ is their new EP, formerly known as Amai Kuda and Y Josephine. It is the powerful follow-up to their full length release, AfroSoul Volume II: MaZai, which was hailed as “earthy and rootsy and good for your ears” by CBC’s Errol Nazareth. The positive reviews are no surprise for those familiar with Amai Kuda’s debut album, Sand from the Sea, considered “one of the year’s most exciting discoveries” in 2012 (Nicholas Jennings – Canada’s foremost music journalist and historian).
Amai Kuda et Les Bois have been featured in NOW magazine and on CBC’s Canada Live and Big City Small World. They have performed at renowned Toronto venues including the Jane Mallett Theatre, Harbourfront, The Rivoli, The Garrison, and Ontario festivals such as Luminato, Kultrun, Big on Bloor and Small World Music Festival. They have given workshops throughout Southern Ontario, in the Caribbean and Europe on music, decolonization, African cultural knowledge and percussion. In 2015 the band was selected as one of the ‘101 Standout Artists’ during the nationwide CBC Searchlight competition. They have opened for the likes of Joel Plaskett, Kellylee Evans and Sarah Slean, and collaborated with M1 of the legendary hip-hop duo dead prez on a call-to-action song called “We Can Do It”. Most recently, the group won the Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Folk/Roots, and placed second across all genres for Best Song. Whether on the street, the stage or in the studio, for Amai Kuda et Les Bois, music is about healing – the healing of the earth, our ancestors and ourselves.