Amai Kuda and Y Josephine



Singers and percussionists with a unique brand of AfroSoul


Sep 24 04:00 PM


Small World Music Stage presented by Exodus Travels



Artist Details

Amai Kuda and Y Josephine are singer/songwriters, percussionists, community activists and educators who believe in the power of music to heal and change the world. Their new release, AfroSoul Volume II: MaZai, has been called "earthy and rootsy and good for your ears" by CBC's Errol Nazareth, and received high praise from The Toronto Blues Society's John Valentyn. It is the follow-up to Amai Kuda's debut album , Sand from the Sea - described as “one of the year's most exciting discoveries” by Nicholas Jennings (Canada's foremost music journalist and historian). As a solo artist, Amai Kuda has also been featured on CBC's Big City Small World, and opened for Kellylee Evans, Climbing PoeTree, d'bi young, and Sarah Slean, while Y Josephine, with over two decades experience as a working musician, has performed and recorded with a host of bands in Venezuela, Aruba, Spain, the UK and now Canada. As Edinburgh's The Skinny (magazine) said, "Y Josephine plays guitar, somehow gets a whole drum kit out of a Peruvian fruit box, and sings in a sweet, smoky, untouchably cool voice. ” The two first came together for a tour in the spring of 2013 and have since developed their sound while performing on the street and at local farmer's markets, as well as at venues like the University of Windsor, The Rivoli, and The Garrison, and festivals such as Lula World, Luminato, Kultrun and Harbourfront’s Habari Africa. They have shared the stage with the likes of Joel Plaskett, LAL and Kinnie Starr, and their music is played regularly on CIUT and CBC, where they have been featured on Mary Ito’s show, Fresh Air. In 2015 they were selected as one of the 101 Standouts in the nationwide CBC Searchlight Competition. Whether on the street, the stage or in the studio, for these two, music is about healing – the healing of ancestors, the land, the self, the community and society. You can find Amai Kuda and Y Josephine on Facebook, youtube, twitter and at