AFROWAVETO Toronto’s Newest Black Music Festival Announces its Virtual Winter Concert Series Lineup

 AFROWAVETO, Toronto’s newest Black music festival announces its much anticipated virtual winter concert series lineup. To kick off 2022, this year’s three-part concert series, which carries three distinct sub themes (Celestial, Supernatural, Invincible) features a total of 24 buzzworthy Toronto acts who will be participating in the concert series leading up to this year’s festival. The first showcase concert takes place on January 27th (streaming on AFROWAVETO’s YouTube page) and boasts a stellar lineup of Toronto’s rising rap, dancehall, R&B, afrobeat, reggaeton stars of today and tomorrow. AFROWAVETO is here to intentionally champion a more diverse and inclusive urban music scene in Toronto, while bridging the gap between more obvious Black music forms (rap, R&B) and less recognized genres (Afrobeats, dancehall). The kick-off concert features performance sets by:

TRP.P (pronounced “trippy”) – A R&B and hip-hop duo from Toronto, consisting of producer Truss and singer-songwriter pHoenix Pagliacci who’s critically acclaimed debut album 2TRP.P was named the 10th best Toronto album of 2019 (Now Magazine) and who have opened up for Kehlani, Mumu Fresh and Charlotte Cardin.

Tafari Anthony (pronounced “Ta-far-eye”) – Tafari’s pop, R&B and soul music blend has garnered acclaim from PAPER Magazine and MTV, and he’s been nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award, with one of his past singles being named one of CBC’s Most Influential Songs of 2016.

IAMREBELWILL– This pop/R&B musician has opened for Azealia Banks, Tinashe, and on past singles has worked with critically acclaimed producers including Jack Knight (Diddy, Keyshia Cole, Mario Winans) on “Better”, and with Mantra (Rihanna, Future) on his “Til the Sun Comes Down” song. 

Markus Aurelyus – A singer/songwriter from Scarborough, Ontario with a unique R&B vocal style that’s influenced by gospel, soul, pop and hip-hop, Markus has performed on stage with Jully Black, DVSN and has recorded with Serena Ryder, and DVSN. 

Cerena – The Latinx dance-pop artist’s 2021 debut album Resurrection launched on the digital community platform she co-founded, Club Quarantine – a digital dance party that began in response to Covid-19 – which has been featured in Paper Magazine, TIME, The New York Times, Vice, and has been hosted by the likes of Lady Gaga, and Tinashe.

Charmie – A passionate R&B and pop-soul singer/songwriter of Haitian descent, who plays guitar, piano, bass, drums and even beatboxes.

Renee – A singer-songwriter who’s early career highlights include performing at Massey Hall, and opening for R&B superstar group Dru Hill and R&B/pop icon Billy Ocean. 

Unlisted Negros – A duo comprised of two beautiful emerging singers and storytellers who seamlessly blend music, fashion, visual, and creative expression into their musical and artistic output.

Founded in 2019 and spearheaded by Jamaican-Canadian artist Lexxicon , AFROWAVETO’s mission is to provide growth opportunities for Black multi-genre musicians working within the Toronto music industry through intentional music programming, the creation of safe spaces, and through community and cultural connections. While Toronto has a large population of emerging and successful African, Caribbean, Indigenous Black Canadian and Afro Latinx musicians, this is not reflected in the local music festivals, showcases, panels, or song writing sessions held within the city. And while there has been unprecedented growth globally in these culturally-driven sounds, that momentum hasn’t been reflected in the local Canadian market. Successive concert series dates in February and March of 2022 will continue to feature curated artist lineups that cut across diasporic and gender lines – see rest of series lineup BELOW.

Supernatural showcase #2  (February 24th)

Artists: Chelsea Stewart, Omega Mighty, Benita, Dynesti, Alicia Cinnamon, Imah, Fridaee, Chizzy Bashment

Invincible showcase #3  (March 24th)  

Artists: Lexxicon, Temi, EverythingOShauN, Nathan Baya, Don Richie, Gabyboy, Jbwai, Bugatti Bonsu



Trilla Banks Talks new single, Growing up Toronto & Plans For The Future

Canadian rapper and singer Trilla Banks is taking his career to new heights following his latest single and music video release titled “Spend It”. Not afraid to talk his talk and let the world know that she’s up next, the Toronto native has a Devine talent that is destined for greatness. I had the pleasure of speaking with him for a genuine conversation about the inspiration behind his new release.

Check it out below. 

Who is Trilla Banks and where did the name come from?

People know me as SB where I am from but my artist name used to be Sean Banks. That name didn’t work out for me, as someone stole my material and dropped it under the same name. So I decided to change it. I always keep it true and real with everything and everyone around me so I changed it to Trilla Banks. 

What was the inspiration behind your new “Spend It” visual?

I wanted to show my background working in a shop and I wanted all my homies that are around me to be apart of it. Visuals are important and I wanted to show my seriousness with my craft so I decided to premiere the song with a video. 

Can you talk about the production of the record?

I produced the record. My dawg 7 helped with some of the drums. I been producing since Oct 2020 and I’m learning everyday. It’s another part of music I’ve fallen in love with.

How has being from Toronto impacted your decision to pursue music?

I love my city and everything it has to offer. Seeing artists like Drake, The Weeknd and Tory go as far as they have and being from the same place gave me a drive that I will make it as well. 

When can we expect a full project from you?

First quarter, 2022. Something I’ve been working on for a while. 

What are you working on next?

My new project which is dropping in the new year. I’ll be dropping singles up until then. I have my next single/video dropping any-day now. 

How can readers stay in touch with you?

My Instagram, @trillabeezy. I’m on all platforms and my YouTube as well. 

Toronto’s Global Tech Summit Hosts the World’s Largest Gathering of Black Tech Professionals and Allies This Week (October 28th & 29th)

Toronto-basedBPTN (Black Professionals In Tech Network) will host its third annual Black Tech Summit BFUTR (Be Future) 2021, the world’s largest virtual tech summit for Black professionals and allies on October 28th-29th. This year’s Summit features over 60+ Black professionals and allies participating in keynote addresses, workshops, and panel discussions, while boasting an exciting lineup of movers and shakers from major corporations across North America. 

“The 2021 BFUTR Global Tech Summit is all about ‘Levelling Up’ your knowledge, your connections, your career,” explains Lekan Olawoye, BPTN’s Founder and CEO. “At BPTN we’re unapologetically Black, and the BFUTR Summit perfectly exemplifies this. We’ve worked tirelessly to bring Black professionals and allies two days of non-stop learning and networking, stacking our panels with amazing speakers from major corporations across North America, including LinkedIn, Asana, AWS, RBC and our title sponsor TD. And we’re proud to say that this year we’ve really #levelledup the Black Excellence we’re bringing to the table with special guest D.L. Hughley and star of ABC’s Shark Tank, and Founder and CEO of iconic Black brand FUBU, Daymond John. BFUTR is by the culture, for the culture and we can’t wait to show up and show off this year!” This year’s lineup is stronger than ever, and features industry titans from across sectors and industries; from D.L. Hughley (actor, broadcaster, comedian), Michelle C. Meyer-Shipp (MLB – Major League Baseball executive), and Janeen Uzzell (CEO, National Society of Black Engineers), all the way to Canadian tech stars including Lola Oyelayo-Pearson (Shopify) and Gladstone Grant (Microsoft). 

At this year’s Summit, BPTN is on a mission to connect 20,000+ Black technology professionals from around the globe, with 60+ senior executives and speakers, over a two day period, from the comfort of one’s home. The BFUTR Global Tech Summit 2021 is where Black professionals come together to celebrate community and build the future of tech. Attendees will get exclusive access to the impressive list of local and international speakers from leading global organizations who are shaping the future of technology, leading the way in diversity and inclusive leadership. Summit tickets are FREE ADMISSION for all Black self-identified professionals, while allies and supporters can purchase General Admission passes at BPTN.   

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Ebhoni, Toronto’s Homegrown Bad Gyal, Drops New Single “X-Ting”

Emerging as a global force of nature, 21-year-old Toronto-born singer and songwriter Ebhoni shares a simmering and striking new single entitled “X-Ting” today. This time around, she fuses an island bounce with a bop-worthy hook as she delivers a confident, Caribbean infused send off to an ex; “A hot gyal never takes back a waste man. an ex is an ex for a reason. ‘ex ting callin… watch me decline” Listen HERE.

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Toronto Artist 24Rico Releases His Debut Video Single With “Coming Down”

Toronto based alternative artist 24Rico is a rising star in the city with an edgy sound and style. Teaming up with Toronto based producer 1k, who has clocked in some impressive production placements with collectives in Toronto such as; XO, CMDWN and Prime, the duo have crafted a unique sound that resonates well with the cities current vibes. Most recently, 1k produced a record on XO artist NAV’s latest album “Bad Habits” producing the song “Rack In My Sleep” featuring 88GLAM.

Rico has been working quietly on his sound and has just released his debut EP “24k” to all stream services this month. The first single off the EP, “Coming Down”, gets a visual treatment released via Rico’s YouTube channel. The video was directed by Marcus Letts and the song features Toronto’s Dante Leon.

Check out the visual treatment for 24Rico’s single “Coming Down” below as he gears up to release more music and videos for fans.

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Toronto Recording Artist Leo Vance Releases “Alright,” and is to Perform at Canadian Music Week!

Canadian Hip Hop Artist Leo Vance releases his new single Alright” to fans just before he takes the stage at Canadian Music Week, Canada’s much anticipated and leading music festival. The talented artist on the rise is ready to perform his new track on CMW’s stage. After spending time writing and working in the studio, Leo released “Alright”  March 29th 2019. Upon it’s release, “Alright” took off in the first week with over ten thousand streams onSpotify and featured on eighteen playlists! “Alright” is produced by renowned Music Producer J Caspersen. The story behind this track delves into the artistic mind of Leo Vance as he describes how hard-work and dedication truly pays of. His vision was to lay out a tight sound that speaks directly to his fans who have come to know the artist and trust where he takes them.

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Toronto’s Pressa Joins JayJay Joshua for New Visual, “They Ain’t Ridin”

Toronto native JayJay Joshua may be most known for his luxury street wear brand ‘Believe That,’ but the 18-year-old entrepreneur has decided to express his musical talent and calls upon Pressa for his debut single, “They Ain’t Ridin.” 
With bass heavy, piano-driven production courtesy of Victorino Victomous, JayJay Joshua and Pressa croon some boastful rhymes as they cruise through Amsterdam in a white lamborghini. 
JayJay Joshua had this to say about the release of the video:“It was dope to connect with Pressa and create something for the city. That’s really the wave I’m on right now. Everything needs to be genuine..which is why I took my time with my debut single.. timing needed to be right. Paperclips Media brought our vision to life , and I’m excited to share this video with the world..”Watch the dope visual below, and support the single on iTunes here.

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Toronto Rapper Pressa Returns Visual For His Single “Should Of Been A Pimp”

With his highly anticipated Prestige Album on the way, Toronto rapper Pressa returns with a new self – directed visual for his single “Should of been a Pimp” which was produced by Atomixx. In the new visual, Pressa takes us to a hot sunny villa in the Dominican Republic where he is surrounded pool side by beautiful woman, but that’s nothing new when you’re living the life of Pressa. Being young, cute and handsome as a rapper in the industry can go a long way.
The new release by the Blue Feathers Records rapper, follows Pressa’s previous single “Longway” which has racked up 600K views and counting since dropping back in February. Pressa’s new video “Should of Been A Pimp” drops in support of his new Prestige album available on streaming platforms Tuesday, April 16th. Pre-order the Prestige album on Saturday, April 13 and receive half the album before official release date.
Quote: “The whole meaning behind “Should of been a Pimp” is the way how the women love me I could of easily been a pimp. No offence to the pimps, but prostitution ain’t my thang I could never fathom the fact of someone doing that to my mother, sister or daughter. So therefore it’s really hard for me immerse in that type of negativity.” 


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Toronto DJ Mainstay DJ Nana Releases New Single “Set Me In Motion”

As a testament to DJ Nana‘s constant ability to blend different genres of music, this same affection is put forth in his production style and in each facet of his artistry.  Within his latest release; Set Me In Motion – DJ Nana flexes his natural ability of spotting talent in featuring Phoenix Pagliacci, I.JAMES.JONES and the beat producer Tronz.  Listen carefully as DJ Nana changes positions reminding us that we always have a ‘chance to try.’

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Twitter: @deejayNaNa
Instagram: @deejaynana

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