Described by NOW magazine as a “tantalizing Afro-soul combo of folk, roots, desert blues and African continental music,”AfroSoul Volume Volume III: Re’ is the most recent EP from AmaiKuda et Les Bois, formally known as AmaiKuda and Y Josephine. It is the powerful follow-up to their full length release, AfroSoul Volume II: MaZai, which was hailed as “earthy and rootsy and good for your ears” by CBC’s Errol Nazareth. The positive reviews are no surprise for those familiar with AmaiKuda’s debut album, Sand from the Sea, considered “one of the year’s most exciting discoveries” in 2012 (Nicholas Jennings – Canada’s foremost music journalist and historian).
AmaiKuda et Les Bois have been featured in NOW magazine and on CBC’s Canada Live and Big City Small World, while a single from her 2019 collaborative release with Version Xcursion, Holding Back, premiered on the Strombo show. AmaiKuda has performed at venues like the Jane Mallett Theatre, Harbourfront, The Rivoli, The Garrison, and festivals such as Luminato, Kultrun, Big on Bloor and Small World Music Festival. They have given workshops on music, decolonization, African cultural knowledge and percussion at public schools, universities, libraries and community centres throughout Southern Ontario, in the Caribbean and Europe. In 2015 the band was selected as one of the ‘101 Standout Artists’ during the nationwide CBC Searchlight competition. They have opened for the likes of Joel Plaskett, Kellylee Evans and Sarah Slean, and collaborated with M1 of the legendary HipHop duo Dead Prez on a call-to-action song called “We Can Do It”. The group won the Best Folk/Roots award and also placed 2nd for the Best Song across all categories at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. Whether on the street, the stage or in the studio, for AmaiKuda et Les Bois, music is about healing –the healing of the earth, our ancestors and ourselves.
You can find their most recent work at ynamai.com