KALI AND DUB INC.
Hayes kali Thurton; singer, songwriter and mulit-instrumentalist has been an ambassador for Canadian reggae music since 1976. Growing up in Trinidad, Kali moved to Toronto in 1972. A student in sciences at University of Toronto at the time, Kali found himself absorbing the culture of Rasta. With pioneers of Reggae, such as Leroy Sibbles, Johnny Osborne, Ernie Smith, Jackie Mitto and Carline Davis on the scene, Kali was able to learn the ropes in this distinguished environment.
After some years in Toronto gigging and touring, kali packed up and moved to Montreal. In 1980, he joined a young group of rastas called Selah. Although only together for 3 years, the band shared the stage with numerous international acts like UB40, Steel Pulse, Gregory Isaac, Black Uhuru, the Clash, etc. Kali then started Dub Trio, a three piece which expanded to Dub U 5, a twelve piece multi-cultural outfit that lasted for 5 years and established kali further on the Montreal scene.
Started in 1986 Kali and Dub Inc proved to be the comfort zone for Kali. The band released two cassettes; Refugees and Mucambo, two vinyl; EP- Uncensored Reggae, and LP- Human Rights. In 1996 the band released their first CD- Rise Up which was subsequently nominated for a Juno award. Along with wins as Best Live Reggae Band at The Canadian Reggae Music Award, Best World beat band at the Montreal Independent Music Award in two years running, Kali solidify his name as a leading local and national musician Kali and Dub shared the stage with acts as Toots and the Maytals, The Wailers, Burning spear, Aswad, Ziggy Marley, Black Uhuru, The Meditations, Alpha Blondie, and the Mighty Sparrow among a few. The bands second CD "Weapons of Mass Construction" continued in the reggae tradition of roots and culture, dancehall and calypso. A positive message, great voice and a great live performance is what Kali has been bringing to reggae and Canadian music for nearly three decades.
En pionnier du reggae canadien, Hayes «Kali» Thurton compose, arrange, chante, joue de la guitare et dirige des formations du genre depuis une génération. Sa musique laisse transparaître beaucoup de «roots» mais intègre également du dancehall, une touche de jazz et quelques calypsos de Trinidad, le pays d'origine de Kali. Son disque Rise up a obtenu les meilleures critiques en 1997. Un cinquième disque est en cours. Le retour d'un persévérant !" VOIR Weekly mtl. -February 2004
Catherine Potter –Duniya Project
A unique world fusion ensemble weaving together the best of Indian classical music, jazz and contemporary sounds
With her second album, Duniya Project, Catherine Potter proposes a joyful marriage between ancient traditions and modernity. The fruit of a long musical voyage between Montreal and Mumbai, Duniya Project creates inspiring Indian atmospheres tinged by jazz, evoking melodies and enticing rhythms. Bansuri flute player and composer, Potter has carved out a distinctive niche in the Canadian world music scene. Having trained as a performer of North Indian classical music with Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, she has also developed a unique musical style and a sophisticated cross-cultural approach in her compositions. Duniya, which means ‘world’ in several languages, evokes as much the international flavour of the music as the diversity of the musicians in the ensemble: double-bassist Nicolas Caloia and tabla-player Subir Dev. They have performed in several prestigious festivals and media appearances and the album Duniya Project , produced by Ramachandra Borcar will be released in January 2006.
“ A passionate adventure”
– Festival international de jazz de Montréal
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