Founded by award-winning percussionist Rick Shadrach Lazar, Samba Squad mixes world rhythms with the sound-power and street-feel of the drums of the Afro-Brazilian Samba tradition. This 16-member ‘percussion posse’ embodies the joy of embracing different cultures, and is the personification of change and exchange. The musical roots of Afro-Brazil, Afro-Cuba, North and West Africa, as well as elements of funk and hip-hop, are dropped into a seething cauldron to produce a dance-till-you-drop tour of global grooves. Featuring members of all ages and backgrounds, The Squad is a microcosm of cosmopolitan Toronto.
Friday 15 September • two 30-minute sets • Friday Night Street Music Party in Market Square (7pm-midnight) • free
Listen to Samba Squad here