Hirahi Afonso

Jazz Village North Stage

For Gran Canarian artist Hirahi Afonso, traditional Canarian music could have been his natural environment, allowing him to move like a fish in water; however, the timple (a traditional five-string plucked string instrument native to the Canary Islands) has been his tool to explore different musical styles like jazz and pop.

Miguel de Armas Quartet

Jazz Village North Stage

One of Cuba's great masters of Afro-Cuban jazz, Havana-born Miguel de Armas fuses the riches of African polyrhythms with the complexities of American jazz, blues, roots and world music in a compellingly eclectic way.

Donald Dogbo

Jazz Village North Stage

In March 2020, Donald conceived the musical project Coubli, whose name means “adventurer” in his native language Bété. Through this project, he strives to further the marriage between jazz and the traditional rhythms of Central and West Africa, such as the akpongbô and the gbégbé (Ivory Coast), the bikutsi (Cameroon), and the mbalax (Senegal).

Lara Wong Trio

Jazz Village North Stage

Born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. (Canada), award-winning musician Lara Wong now makes her home in Madrid, Spain. In 2021, she became the first woman to win the prestigious “Filon" award for best flamenco instrumentalist at the Festival Cante de las Minas, Spain’s most important flamenco competition. She was also the first foreigner to win in any category in the festival’s 60 year history.

Alba Gil

Jazz Village North Stage

Every year, Jazz International Rotterdam in the Netherlands presents The Pack Project, led by an emerging young artist.  In 2020, the leader of the Pack was the rebellious saxophonist, flutist, vocalist and composer Alba Gil Aceytuno, who is originally from Las Palmas, Canary Islands, but is now based in Rotterdam, which offers her a music scene and atmosphere that she loves.

Samba Squad

Jazz Village North Stage

The musical roots of Afro-Brazil, Afro-Cuba, North and West Africa, as well as elements of urban funk and hip-hop, are dropped into a seething cauldron to produce a dance-till-you-drop tour of global grooves.

Zaki Ibrahim

Jazz Village North Stage

Filtered through the prismatic and often contradictory lenses of personal, historical and scientific relativities, Zaki’s work has been praised as “futuristic soul at its best” and “a retro-Afrofuturist vision” that revisits 40 years of electronic music.

Kizaba

Jazz Village North Stage

Montreal-based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer Lionel Kizaba may have left the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2011, but as the guiding force behind his self-named quartet, he continues to serve as ambassador of the innovative and modern Congolese house music that we need to create an Afro-Futurist world. 

Moskitto Bar

Jazz Village North Stage

Moskitto Bar creates a fresh and beautiful sound through its original mix of Ukrainian, Balkan, Middle Eastern and French Celtic music.  Accordion, percussion, violin, cimbalom (hammer dulcimer) and vocals come together in an infectiously spirited and original way that invites you in to share in the joy.

Soukustek

Jazz Village North Stage

Soukustek was born under the gaze of the Caribbean Sea surrounding the Colombian coastal city of Cartagena de Indias. The Toronto-based group combines the rhythms and sounds of guitars that arrived from Africa in the 1970s and seamlessly blends them with the flavour of the Colombian Caribbean.

Al Qahwa

Jazz Village North Stage

Based in Toronto, Al Qahwa (the Arabic name for coffee house) is a contemporary Middle Eastern ensemble that was inspired by the coffee house culture where people would go to hear the latest news, music, poetry and stories.

The McDades

Jazz Village North Stage

Punching through the walls of tradition, The McDades’ Celtic-rooted music fuses the spontaneity of jazz improvisation and infectious global rhythms.