World Music

Local reggae king Exco Levi busy uplifting and uniting

Multiple Juno-winning performer, with local shows over the weekend, is working hard to raise commercial profile of a genre that ‘plays in every continent.’ Nick Krewen, Music,  Sat., August 5, 2017 You’d think with five Juno Awards to his credit, Exco Levi would be a household name by now. After all, the 36-year-old Manchester, Jamaica native — who now calls Brampton home — has dominated the Juno Reggae Recording of…

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West Coast Bhangra on the Brink

Story by Nick Krewen | June 8, 2017 For SOCAN Words and Music Vancouver-area bhangra is on the brink of something big. The first indicator that the West Coast/British Columbia bhangra and desi music scene is on the verge of wider recognition came with 2016’s “Suit,” a massive hit throughout India that was recorded and released by Indian singing sensation Guru Randhawa and Canada’s own Aneil Kainth, a.k.a. DJ Intense….


The Bronx are masters of the two-faced band

The punk rock band is one of few with an alter-ego: a sunny ensemble called Mariachi El Bronx. Nick Krewen, Music, Tues., Dec 27, 2016 Jekyll, meet Hyde. There’s nothing too sinister about Mariachi El Bronx, the alter ego of L.A. punk rockers The Bronx, but the duality of a band that pursues both identities with equal career-driven vigour is a rarity in this day and age. Where The Bronx…


New Directions In “Dangerous” Jazz

Story by Nick Krewen | October 28, 2014 For SOCAN’s Words and Music “There’s a way of playing safe, there’s a way of using tricks and there’s the way I like to play, which is dangerously, where you’re going to take a chance on making mistakes in order to create something you haven’t created before.” The late Dave Brubeck wasn’t Canadian, nor was he a SOCAN member, but the quote…


Gogol Bordello finds ‘pure life’ plundering folk traditions

‘It’s simply one huge musical bundle,’ says Eugene Hutz, leader of Gogol Bordello, coming to Toronto on Aug. 19 and 20. Nick Krewen Music, Special To The Star, Published on Mon Aug 19 2013     Tarantellas, polonaises, tangos and waltzes — spouting healthy blasts of accordion and violin — rarely factor into any popular rock ’n’ roll configuration these days, and that suits Eugene Hutz just fine. For nearly…