Artist Spotlight | Aline Morales

Interview session with Aline Morales. Aline Morales’ days of being Toronto’s best kept secret are over. Since her arrival to Canada in 2003, Brazilian-born Morales has become well known locally as a dynamic singer, percussionist and bandleader.


Why are you passionate about the work that you do?

I discovered what passion was when I started to play music. Since then I can't see myself doing anything but music. I thrive on the energy and excitement that comes from the rhythms and music when I teach and perform with my group Baque de Bamba. Everyone is so dedicated and enthusiastic about our art-making that it is a truly rewarding experience for me. Being a singer and a songwriter is so central to who I am as a person that I can't imagine my life without it. It's not just a creative outlet for me, it's so much more than than. It's almost a biological function. Without music, I wouldn't exist.

One thing people would be surprise to know about you?

I am a new mom of twins! The last eight months have been a whirlwind of love and inspiration. Being a mom has had such a powerful impact on my work as an artist and songwriter and I look forward to what the future has in store.

What inspires you about the City of Toronto? 

Everything! Even the winter. What originally attracted me to Toronto was the diversity of the people who live in the city and the multitude of cultures represented here. Nowhere else in the world are so many different ethnicities showcased so beautifully in one city, creating a vast and colourful artistic tapestry woven throughout the streets of Toronto. Festivals, street fairs, parades and concerts showcase and celebrate the artistry of the many cultures represented here. I'm proud to have a role in broadening and developing Canadians' knowledge of my culture and heritage at the multitude of performances where I sing, or perform with Baque de Bamba. Torontonians always make an appreciative and insatiable audience for world music and I am always happy to oblige.

Upcoming projects ?

Yes!! I've already started the recording process for my second solo CD. I am bursting with inspiration from my new experiences of being a mother. I will also be going to Brazil for a little while over the holidays, where I hope to bring back some new musical colours and flavours to incorporate into this CD. I will be heading into full-on recording mode in the spring and hope that the CD will be released later in 2014.  


What’s the impact this award would have on your arts practice?

To be one of the six finalists is already a big honour for me. To receive the award would be truly life changing. I specialize in a style of music called Maracatu de Baque Virado, a very specific style of percussion and music that comes from a small region in the North East of Brazil. It does not have a mainstream following. To win this award would mean that my community, and my city, has truly embraced me as an artist. This would be the ultimate encouragement for me.


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Photo credit: Angie Aranda