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TBFF LIVE PERFORMANCE SERIES - Day 4
Music Performances: Joanna Majoko
Joanna Majoko has been captivating audiences with her voice since the young age of 14. Born to German & Zimbabwean parents, Joanna grew up in a culturally diverse home - a home that moved from Germany to Zimbabwe, South Africa, and finally to Canada in 2001. Growing up, she was exposed to a rich practice of music and dance, participating in everything from choirs, musicals, drum ensembles, to traditional Zimbabwean dance groups. After relocating to Central Canada, Joanna continued to involve herself in the Arts and her growing love of jazz brought her to Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she graduated from the University of Manitoba’s, Desautels Faculty of Music - Jazz Studies in 2014. Although her greatest affinity is jazz, Joanna is versatile within many musical genres, having worked with numerous accomplished Canadian and American recording artists that include Grammy-nominated artist/drummer, Ulysess Owens Jr., multi Juno award winner & Grammy nominated jazz luminary, Jane Bunnett, Canada’s Hip Hop sensation, The Lytics and Juno/ Grammy-award winner & Canadian Hall of Fame inductee, David Clayton-Thomas. In addition to her talents as a vocalist, Joanna is a passionate composer and arranger, achieving a unified and unmistakable sound characteristic of smooth syncopations, airy melodies, colourful rhythms and a sophisticated harmonic palette. She is currently working on her debut EP. A body of work that hopes to showcase her all authentic sound & style. Joanna now calls Toronto home and continues to build a name for herself as a solo voice, showcasing her original music and talents throughout the city’s vibrant music scene, working closely with many of Toronto’s (Canada’s) musical heavyweights. Joanna is currently on a European & U.S tour with Grammy-nominated Jane Bunnett and her acclaimed group, Maqueque. It is the union of her cultural distinction, pure tone, sweet lyricism and cunning compositional abilities that excite her audiences and help define her sound.
Spoken Word Performance: Faduma Mohamed
Faduma Mohamed is a spoken word poet, storyteller and artist educator. In 2016, she produced her one-woman-play OUGHTISM in d'bi young's Watah Theatre. In 2019, she wrote the sequel Golden Mind which won University of Toronto Mississauga's Historical Studies: Creativity Award and featured at the university's ‘Feminist Launch Series’. From 2015 - 2016, she carried a box from her play, every single day, everywhere she went, to challenge the stigma around autism. The autism awareness and fundraising initiative called “#OughtTheBox” has raised over $10,000 and benefited families in Toronto, Edmonton and London, England. She was awarded the Yinnergy Good Samaritan Award for her work around autism awareness and autism fundraising and was voted 2018's ByBlacks People's Choice Award for Poet | Spoken Word Artist. Above all, she believes in the power of dreams.Photography credit: Jalani Morgan