This beat-driven piece of sonic expression described by the duo as ‘4 a.m. music’ will no doubt find its way into your playlist and stay there indefinitely.
From within the deep roots of the Canadian diasporic music scene, LAL creates politically charged music and innovative recordings. The Toronto-based duo is recognized for their dedicated support of several social justice movements including Black Lives Matters and issues that face Queer/ Trans, BIPOC, and allied communities. Their soulful electronic music is fused with subtle West Indian and African rhythms and a punk attitude. On stage, live digital imaging complements the lyrical content which speaks to an array of social and environmental injustices.
LAL was formed in 1998 by poet, singer, activist, and Bengali-rooted tough-guy Rosina Kazi and her life partner producer, sound designer, philosopher, and Barbados-born king of chill, Nicholas Murray. Their music cuts deep and explores the deepest of grooves, solidifying a persistent theme throughout their evolution: fairness will prevail. They’ve supported a multitude of arts-based projects, artists, organizations and musicians, all connected and committed to the manifestation of peace and justice for all. Their most recent release, Find Safety, addresses a need to create safer spaces and masterfully blends a danceable synth-based musicality with a provocative political statement. The album combines a myriad of influences from Fela Kuti and Massive Attack, to Pete Rock and Detroit Techno.
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