Wake Up Singing
Yoruba songs for early risers
For adults (teens welcome) • Early Risers
Daily 7:00am • Daniel Centre
Time and location subject to change (what isn’t?)
Join esteemed singer, percussionist and friend of Mind Camp, Toto Berriel for an early morning singing class. Toto will lead us through Orisha praise songs that connect us all the way to West Africa via the island of Cuba. Note: No session on Saturday!
Israel (Toto) Berriel, is a traditional Afro-Cuban percussionist and vocalist from Matanzas, Cuba. Toto began his professional music career at the young age of 16 in Los Yumurinos, a group formed by the children of the famous groups Los Muñequitos de Matanzas and AfroCuba de Matanzas, two well recognized traditional AfroCuban groups.
In 1988 he joined AfroCuba de Matanzas. He worked with AfroCuba de Matanzas for two years until he was invited to join the world’s best-known Rumba group, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas.Toto worked with the Los Muñequitos for twelve years learning the entire AfroCuban repertoire.
A naturally gifted vocalist with a distinctive sound, his easy charm, charisma and his Cuban warmth, make Toto an exceptional and approachable music teacher. His classes are both comfortable and challenging; and the combination makes for a productive working environment. Although Toto is deeply rooted in the AfroCuban traditions, he is also comfortable in different musical environment such as jazz, modern music, soul and funk amongst others.
Toto has toured worldwide in countries such as, Canada, United States, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Brazil, Spain, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France and Korea, singing, playing and teaching in various workshops.
Toto is a returning presenter. Click to see what they’ve presented in the past.
Born in Chile and raised in Canada, Mario was best known as the driving force behind the Alberta based Latin-Jazz group, Bomba! Today, however, he mixes the drum kit, timbales, congas and myriad percussion instruments as a freelance musician in Toronto’s vibrant musical scene.
A studied yet emotional player, Mario is restlessly creative and performs with the spirit this music demands. In Cuba, Mario has studied with the legendary Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Jose Luis “Changuito” Quintana, Irakere’s Enrique Plá, Oscar Valdés and the late Miguel “Angá” Díaz. Currently, he is completing a Master’s Degree in Ethnomusicology at York University.
Mario performs regularly across the country and abroad. As an educator, Mario has taught music and Latin culture workshops at the University of Alberta, Grant MacEwan Community College in Edmonton, AB; Mount Royal College and the University of Calgary in Calgary, AB; the Banff Centre for the Arts, Memorial University in St. John’s NL, Toronto’s York University and Harbourfront Centre. He also lead a latin music and Spanish residency from 2005 to 2010 at Sturgeon Composite High School (Namao, AB). This residency took Mario, along with 84 students, teachers and parents on a study trip to Havana, Matanzas and Santa Clara, Cuba.
Mario is a returning presenter. Click to see what they’ve presented in the past.