Fusing Cultures: Bombay Brazil! @ The Lula Lounge

Fusing Cultures: Bombay Brazil! @ The Lula Lounge

I’m pretty sure most of you can agree – Toronto is one of the only cities in the world where you can find yourself listening to a concert that fuses the best of Indian and Brazilian music. Didn’t think these two genres can go together? You’d be pleasantly surprised!

To conclude their 10th annual Asian Music Series, Small World Music Society presented Bombay Brazil! – a truly one-of-a-kind event at the Lula Lounge on May 31st.

The friendly folks at Small World Music described the event best:

“Celebrating music close to the sea, the magic of form, dynamic rhythmic power, and the subtle beauty of song, the evening is a spectacular blend of the best of India and Brazil…with a stellar line up of exceptional musicians from these two colourful genres.”


Lately, Karl and I have been focusing our attention on the cultural arts and groups that make up our diverse city. We’ve both done our fair share of travelling in the past but can honestly say that we probably get a broader dose of world culture by just walking down our local streets. We Torontonians are privileged that way.

I really wanted to attend this event because it reminded me of the time when I was in Tokyo and my friend convinced me to go to a Japanese Reggae night. It ended up being one of the best nights of my life because the blend in cultures created something incredibly unique to listen to.

How were the performances?

The night was filled with a number of brilliant performances that brought some of the best artists in the city together. Tabla, dhol and samba drum met in a sweet fusion of percussion that really got the crowd going. As an avid House and Rock listener – I really appreciated the low bass tones and electronics used throughout the show. Karl and I also both agree that Aline Morales and her gorgeous voice was the star of the night.

Aline Morales

How about the venue?

It didn’t take long at all for Lula Lounge to fill up with an amazing audience of listeners. The venue provided the perfect vibe that all could appreciate and get their dance-on. We also couldn’t get enough of these addictive Brazilian cocktails called Caipirinhas that the bar was serving!


This was a musical performance we’d love to see again. Why not continue the trend and see some other cultural combinations?

Our hats go off to Small World Music Society for creating a stellar conclusion to their Asian Music Series. We’re looking forward to seeing what they bring next to this city!

*UPDATE* video added courtesy of Small World Music (June 22, 2012)


For more info on Small World Music and their next event – visit http://www.smallworldmusic.com/

Thank you to all the musical performers:

Alan Hetherington – Drums & Percussion
Maninho Costa – Percussion & Voice
Ian De Souza – Bass & Laptop
Ed Hanley – Tabla
Tej Hunjan – Dhol, Percussion
Pedro Joel – Bass
Aline Morales – Voice & Percussion
Santosh Naidu – Dhol & Percussion
Wagner Petrilli – Guitar
Thiago Souza – Keyboards, Sanfona

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2 Responses


Samba Samba!


we were at this show! so much fun :)

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