CMW 2018: Lidia's Top 508 May 2018 / by Lidia Abraha (author)
Lidia is an avid advocate for Toronto hip-hop and R&B. She has worked with The Come Up Show, a podcast the promotes local hip-hop and creatives, for more than two years. She’s also written music articles for NOW Magazine, the Unaffiliated Press, and Jesso Media. In her free time she likes to explore the the vast, obscure Toronto hip-hop tracks scattered all over the web, go to community arts shows, and rage at concerts. She loves trap, DJ mixes, R&B and everything in between. Here are her Top 5 for Canadian Music Week:
Witch Prophet is someone who’s bound to pop off in the next few years. Her sound is a transcending blend of jazz, hip-hop and neo-soul. She’s the co-founder and director of Toronto-based label 88 Days of Fortune. She’s shared the stage with Clairmont the Second, Lido Pimienta, Kae Sun, and more. Wednesday May 9 at The Baby G.
TiKa’s name has been climbing the underground scene since her first EP release in 2016. She’s opened for John Legend, NAO and more. Her music puts healing at the forefront, not only in her lyrics but in the beats as well. You can get lost in her sound, and her stage presence is a spiritual experience as well. Thursday May 10 at the Drake Underground.
This Toronto-based rapper has made a lot of noise in the past year. With features in almost every top music blog, Keffa has been labeled as the “Canadian Mastermind” in The Source Magazine, and they aren’t far from wrong. His music resembles a trap-soul sound that influence Bryson Tiller and Tory Lanez. Even though the sound is similar, his lyrical flow is unique and original. Thursday May 10 at Remix Lounge.
Chippy Nonstop has a sound that encapsulates the world she knows. She’s of Indian descent but born in Dubai and lived in Zambia, California, New York. She now lives in Toronto after being deported from the US. With expansive experience in community organizing, she’s now working on a sound initiative curated by and for women and the LGBTQ+ community. Thursday May 10 at the Mod Club.
I love nothing more than diaspora music. That’s why I’m especially excited about Desi Sub Culture and their performance this week. They pride themselves on making music representative of how diverse our world is. Their party mixes blends Indian classics with dubstep. They’re coming all the way from Vancouver, BC, I can’t wait to check them out. Saturday May 12 at Adelaide Hall.