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Aline Morales

Forró

by Aline Morales
February 2 to 24, 2024

"FEBRUARY at Jamii" welcomes lead artist Aline Morales, who proposes "Forró" as our monthly theme. Aline will explore Forró with us, as it is a cornerstone of her existence and transcends mere music: Forró has offered Aline a profound sense of identity and belonging during her formative years in Brazil. In Toronto, she has witnessed the communal embrace of Forró and recognized its power to unite people and forge new bonds. This precious experience is something Aline wants to share with the Jamii community as part of our monthly themed programs.


Forró is a genre of music and dance that originated in northeastern Brazil, particularly in the states of Pernambuco, Ceará, and Bahia. It encompasses a lively and rhythmic style of music characterized by the use of accordion, zabumba (a type of drum), and triangle. Forró music often features themes of love, romance, and rural life. In addition to its musical aspect, Forró is also a social dance with intricate footwork. The dance is known for its energetic and playful movements, which often involve spins, turns, and syncopated steps.


Forró has evolved over the years and has become popular not only in Brazil but also internationally, with Forró festivals and events held in various countries around the world. It is celebrated for its infectious rhythm, joyful atmosphere, and the sense of community it fosters among dancers and enthusiasts. In conceptualizing "FEBRUARY at Jamii", Aline is offering to share the multidimensional essence of Forró, exploring its social, cultural, and environmental dimensions. 

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Monday Dancing

Workshop Lead: Vinicius and Joseane

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Wednesday Watching

Lead: Maya Annik Bedward

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Saturday Mingling

Lead Artist: Aline Morales

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Tuesday Learning

Book Club

Lead: Eshe Mercer-James

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Thursday Creating

Painting Night

Workshop Lead: Julian Periquet

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Sunday Sewing

Workshop Lead: Anita Boey

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Tuesday Learning

Niche Artistic Practices

Workshop Lead: Juliana Bandeira

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Thursday Creating

Crafting Nights

Workshop Lead: Alejandra Higuera

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Sunday Versifying

Workshop Lead: Carolina Leite

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Tuesday Learning

Culture Cloths

Designer: Sabrine S. Hakam

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Friday Singing

Workshop Lead: Aline Morales

Photos by Karen Lam, Mariana Hernandez, Isorine Marc, Ghader Bamar, May Chook, Afnan Yakot, Charlie Nyiti, Shaimaa Yakout

ALINE MORALES


Born and raised in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Aline Morales began her performing career as a child training in capoeira. By the time she reached her early twenties, she had performed in a number of traditional and contemporary bands including Brazil’s most well-known maracatu group, Nacao Estrela Brilhante do Recife, then led by her mentor Mestre Walter de Franca. Since her arrival in Toronto in 2003, she has been a tireless promoter of the traditional rhythms of northeastern Brazil, continuing to perform with her percussion troupe, Baque de Bamba, at countless festivals and events.


Now drawing upon a wider range of influences, Morales finds herself in a stage of musical exploration. Gone is the heavy wall of percussion, replaced instead by lush, eclectic arrangements, seamlessly blending traditional and modern instruments. At home in her new role as a solo artist, Morales “shines with mature confidence amid [producer] David Arcus’ outstanding orchestrations.” (David Dacks, the Grid). Her debut solo album ‘Flores, Tambores e Amores’ was nominated for a Juno Award, and her highly anticipated sophomore record is slated for release in spring of 2020.


In addition to her solo accomplishments, Morales was selected as part of Canada’s Global Orchestra, Kuné, in 2016, and continues to perform and record with the ensemble as vocalist and percussionist.


Photo by Nicola Betts

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