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Celebrating with jazz and Afro-Brazilian beats to help a rural school in Uganda.

VERAO VIBES

Thursday July 27 2006

Fundraiser for the Monayr Asha Aid Foundation

Featuring:

KELLYLEE EVANS

& MARACATU NUNCA ANTES

AND THE BEAT GOES ON: Pan-African Dance troupe

With special guest: JOJO CHINTOH (CITY TV)

& DJ medicineman (CIUT 89.5)

doors @ 7:00PM show @ 9:00PM $20

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The Monayr Asha Aid Foundation

Media/Event inquiries:

Kashfi Mahmud / 416.825.1846 / email: kashfi@maaf.ca website: www.maaf.ca

Across the world, millions of children are denied the essential experiences of education simply because their surroundings lack the basic resources. The Monayr Asha Aid Foundation has been created with the goal of changing this dynamic and creating the knowledge base among young people to ensure truly sustainable socioeconomic development, and social justice in their communities. The MAA Foundation invites you to celebrate the summer with great jazz and Afro-Brazilian artists and help bring a brighter future to the children.

Proceeds from Verão Vibes will go to Buwagga Senior Secondary School in Kasangati, Uganda. It will address the most urgent needs of the school, including crucial renovations and classroom supplies. MAA has a current project based in Bangladesh.

About the Artists

Kellylee Evans

www.kellyleeevans.com

Chosen from over 150 vocalists, Kellylee was awarded second place in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition, held at Kennedy Center in Washington in 2004. Since then, she has been showcased on Toronto's City TV, as well as being a regular contributor to CBC Radio and Rogers TV.

Kellylee Evans is a unique voice in the urban-jazz world, and many of today's top musicians and producers have taken notice. With a smooth style that slides through jazz, soul, R & B, blues and world music rhythms, Kellylee's calming sound speaks volumes; Rich, soothing, robust and energizing, this eclectic artist ignites inspiration.

Maracatu Nunca Antes

www.nuncaantes.ca

Pulsating rhythms from Toronto's Brazilian percussion collective Maracatu Nucna Antes is a 20-piece Afro-Brazilian percussion procession that will carry you off to the rhythms of maracatu, coco, samba de roda and baiao. Nunca Antes mixes funk with traditional Afro-Brazilian rhythms in a style inherited from the maracatu nations of Recife. Nunca Antes is not samba. The maracatu rhythm is a deep syncopated groove that is enhanced by the swing and beauty of the beaded shakers, the dry attack of the snare, the jump of the bell and the power of the alfaia bass drums. The coordinated movements of the drummers create a beautiful audio and visual effect. At the forefront of the group is the talented native Brazilian Aline Morales - singer and percussionist as well as artistic director and co-founder of the group. Aline is well recognized in her native Brazil and has played with Mestre Ambrosio, Otto, Manu Chau, and Jorge Ben Jor. In Canada she leads a regular workshop series on Afro-Brazilian rhythms and has perfomed with Quarentra Graus, D'Aldeia, Escola de Samba and Samba Squad.

And the Beat Goes On

Headed by choreographers, Teddy Dingani Masuku and Selam Melles Teclu, And the Beat Goes On is a Pan-African dance troupe, going beyond dance to illustrate culture. They have worked with communities around Toronto spreading the understanding of dance through workshops explaining the cultural significance behind the dances and the associated movements.

DJ Medicineman

Medicineman is one of Toronto's true global groove ears to the ground and host of the popular CIUT 89.5 show 'No Man's Land' which airs every Wednesday from 12-2 PM.



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