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TBFF LIVE PERFORMANCES - Day 4

Music Performance: Rudy Ray

Rudy Ray Kwaku is a Ghanaian - Canadian actor and trumpeter based in Toronto. Famed for his involvement with the Wu Tang Clan, winning the 2020 Juno award for best rap album recording with TOBi and Guillermo del Toro's movie Nightmare Alley, CBC articles identified the Ghanaian royal as a rising thinker and cultural icon. With a growing list of cameos and appearances on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video focusing on black culture, Rudy Ray advocates peace and poetry. Rudy Ray and Polly Vee are the book band "The latecomers" for Charlie Petch's 2021 Relit Award Winner "Why I was Late". This year in theater, Rudy Ray joined Ahmed Moneka in "Spaciousness", a recent play that shed light on the contributions of black soldiers in the war of 1812 and the construction of Fort York. Rudy Ray graces modeling, music, theater and film, providing an energy sincere with a sound like none you ever heard.

Spoken Word Performance: Nathan Baya

Nathan Baya is an artist, songwriter and performer born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Baya’s parents immigrated to Canada from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

His cultural heritage has influenced his musical sound and through his electrifying energy, he has performed on over 100 stages including Toronto Pearson International Airport, Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment, Toronto Raptors, Afrofest, Toronto Black Film Festival, Afro Carib Festival, Vibe Arts Festival, Active Ontario Festival, Brussels Summer Festival in Paris, Unity Hip Hop Charity Festival, Royal Ontario Museum, Nuit Blanche, Youth Day Toronto, Canadian Music Week, The Art Gallery Of York University, Toronto Metropolitan University, University Of Toronto St George, University Of Toronto Scarborough, Rise Edutainment, Toronto Biennial of Art, etc.

Additionally, Baya was the opening act for Koffee at the 2020 Manifesto Festival. In the same year, Baya was chosen to open for the Prime Minister of Canada at the National Black Conference in Ottawa. All of Nathan music is available on every streaming platform. This include songs like 24, Mi Amor and Wavy just to name a few.

Beyond his artistic talents, Nathan has been featured in a number of mainstream outlets including CP24, CBC Metro Radio, CBC Toronto News, Toronto Star, Now Toronto, The Fader, Toronto Caribbean News, City News, The Brandon Gonez Show, Ici Radio Canada, Vibe 105.5 FM, The Masterplan Show On CIUT 89.5 FM and G98.7FM

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