19 - August - 2017

LAL

Afro - Alternative - Asian - Electronic - Vocal
From Toronto, Ontario

BIO

Vocalist and poet Rosina Kazi and producer Murr, began collaborating on music as LAL in 1998, mucking about with tones of gear and wild poetics. In the early 00’s, they created two politically charged critically-acclaimed albums, Corners (2002) and Warm Belly, High Power (2004). The latter earning them the distinction of ‘2004’s Best Soul Album’ by Canadian music bible Exclaiim! Magazine. Relentless touring across Canada and growing press attention followed, and accomplished bassist Ian de Souza joined the fray.

Inspired by the events surrounding Sept 11, 2001, and its fallout and most particularly by the fate of several deported friends, LAL created their album, Deportation (2008). They have had extensive radio play on CBC, campus radio and many of their songs appear in Indie media, films and documentaries, including radio show and online site, Democracy Now.

Their newest recording self-titled LAL (to be released Fall 2011), is inspired by the projections of their hopes and their fears into the future. Their fears being that if we as a society keep going along the road we are currently on, we will end up in a very scary place. But their hopes keep their fears in check, and their faith is rock solid in the ability of the human spirit to keep creating midst of struggle. Their dynamic live show is a testament to the glorious exploration of the depths of humanism - building community while ripping apart words, notes, and rhythms, eyes open to the injustice that burrows deep into the fabric of society, and hearts burning with the fire of justice for all.

LAL has independently produced over 10 videos, a new media production and are currently working on graphic novel inspired artwork and 10 video art pieces set to their new music. Speciliazed Music We see our music as specialized music because we do not fit musically or culturally into any one place and our ‘intent/content is not shaped by the desire for wide market appeal’. We have remained independent and our philosophy is rooted in creativity, artistic expression, honesty and respect. We call ourselves ‘protest’ musicians because of the topics we choose to address.

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Gigs

City of Toronto - International Indian Film Academy - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Saturday, January 1, 2011

Wilfred Laurier South-Asian Conference - London, Ontario Canada - Saturday, January 1, 2011

Dundas Square - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Saturday, January 1, 2011

Rabble.cq 10th Anniversary launch - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Saturday, January 1, 2011

Upping the Anti Journal Launch - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Saturday, January 1, 2011

Art Gallery of Ontario - Maharaja’s Mashup - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Saturday, January 1, 2011

Paul Simon Tribute - Hughes Room - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Saturday, January 1, 2011

Family Day - City of Toronto - Scarborough , Ontario Canada - Saturday, January 1, 2011

Afro-Latin-South-Asian Festival - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Dub Poets Festival Peterborough - Peterborough, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Romersas du Mayo Festival - Holguin, Cuba - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Summer National Tour - Canada, Canada Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Starbelly Jam Festival - Crawford Bay, British Columbia Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Pride - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Tuesday, January 1, 2008

MAI Gallery: Zero Cluster: Deportation: New Media Show - Montreal , Quebec Canada - Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Rafi Pier Puppet Festibal - Lahore, Pakistan - Monday, January 1, 2007

Femi Kuti – High Life Festival - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Monday, January 1, 2007

Band Members

Rosina Kazi
Nicholas Murray
Ian de Souza

Manager

Haque Kazi
Email: info@lalforest.com
Phone: 647 898 5141

Discography

2029
Public Transit Recordings, 2012

Deportation
Public Transit Recordings, 2008

Warm Belly, High Power, 2004
Public Transit Recordings, 2004

Corners
Public Transit Recordings, 1999