Polyphonic Ground Presents Beny Esguerra & New Tradition / The Future Primitive / Matatu Express

Presented by Polyphonic Ground.

Batuki Music Society and Uma Nota Culture mix pan-African traditions with the sounds of South, Central and North America in our second Polyphonic Ground concert.

Matatu Express present Ghanaian highlife and palm wine, East African benga and rumba, Malagasy salegy and blues. Beny Esguerra & New Tradition mix live hip hop RnB soul with an Afro-Colombian percussive edge. The Future Primitive fuse classic Latin American and Caribbean styles with raw, emotive and catchy songwriting into a blend they call "Tropical Soul" music.


Beny Esguerra & New Tradition is an interactive project exploring the concepts of tradition and change through the production of a multidisciplinary performance featuring spoken word, music, song, dance and design. Best described as: afro-native Colombian music from an inner city perspective via Jane-Finch, Tkaronto. Ancestral musical styles + urban cultural expressions = New Tradition.

Listen on Soundcloud.


Matatu Express is a curative project by Batuki Music Society that promises to keep attendees on their feet, dancing non-stop as the set list presented encompasses the beautiful melodies and intoxicating rhythms of today’s popular African music.

Featuring local legends Donné Roberts, Madagascar Slim, Adam “Professor” Solomon, Pa Joe, Kofi Ackah, Ebenezer Agyekum and West-African dancer Mabinty Sylla.


The Future Primitive are a new Toronto 6 piece who fuse classic Latin American and Caribbean styles with raw, emotive and catchy songwriting that they like to call ‘Tropical Soul music'. At the heart of their sound lies a desire to connect the dots between the here and now of modern Toronto life, with the traditional sounds of their childhood roots (four of the six members are of Latin American heritage).

Listen on Bandcamp.