Saturday, January 18, 2020
Begins at 2:00pm
The Arden Theatre | 5 St.Anne Street
Taking their name from the word for “heart and soul” in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, Toronto-based OKAN fuses Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, folk and global rhythms in songs about immigration, bravery and love.
Embracing genres and roles that have historically been dominated by men, co-leaders, composers and multi-instrumentalists Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne bring a fresh perspective to Latin and world jazz fusion through powerful harmonies, incredible musicianship and potent lyrical content. Born in Cuba, both members of OKAN are Juno-nominated for their work with Battle of Santiago and Grammy-nominated for their contributions to Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, of which they are former members. Backed by some of the finest jazz musicians in Canada, the duo launched their debut full-length recording in 2019.
This performance is made possible by the generous support of Canada Council of the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta and Prairie Debut.