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The Soul Motivators
Looking for your funk fix at TD Sunfest and not sure what to do without a Five Alarm Funk show this weekend (They are coming to London Music Hall on July 29th)? Then, why not get down with the nine-piece Soul Motivators!
The Soul Motivators are Toronto’s premier deep funk n’ soul outfit, who have shared stages with greats like Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, Lee Fields and Bernie Worrell, and electrified crowds at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, The PanAm Games and TEDx. A fresh take on a classic sound, they blend 1970s funk and soul, psychedelic jams and hip-hop breaks. If their rough, tough and soulful retro grooves were a soundtrack, they surely would accompany a lot of high-speed car chases on classic TV detective shows like Kojak.
The group’s 2015 debut recording, Free to Believe (Do Right! Music), was released to national and international acclaim. 2017 saw the arrival of the Dirt on The Floor EP through Detroit’s Funk Night Records, followed by Do The Damn Thing in 2020. The latter is the first album to feature the power-house vocal stylings of Shahi Teruko, whose relentless fire and electrifying performances have been shaking up audiences since she joined the band in 2015. It’s down to business as Teruko commands, “Do the damn thing / Make love and dance and sing / You got to get on the floor / You know life can give you more.”