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AFROWAVETO music festival features all-star cast of urban and Latin superstars

June 12, 2023 | By Dalton Higgins |

Three-day festival showcases some of the hottest artists in Latin, rap, reggaeton, R&B 

Toronto, ON – AFROWAVETO, one of Toronto’s hottest new music festival’s announces its 2023 event lineup. This year’s three-day festival (June 15-17) concludes with a blockbuster concert at HISTORY (1663 Queen St. E) featuring some of today’s leading urban music and Latinx artists, headlined by Colombian urban music superstar Blessd, whose hit song “Medallo” went to number one on the Billboard charts. This rare concert bill also features performances by Grammy Award-nominated, Panamanian-Canadian singer-songwriter Fito Blanko whose production and remix credits include Pitbull, J Balvin, Rick Ross, Enrique Iglesias, Shakira and Chris Brown; and platinum-selling Canadian recording artist Alx Veliz who is of Guatemalan and Jamaican descent and who stormed the Billboard charts with his top 10 debut single “Dancing Kizomba”. Supporting this dream lineup are emerging Toronto-based acts; Venezuelan-Canadian singer Aiona Santana, Dominican Republic bred Looch Bodega, and triple threat artist/songwriter/producer BEBEBOY whose sound blends hip hop, R&B and reggaeton. The DJs for the festival’s closing night concert are Danny Castro and EP The Latino.

The festival warms up on June 15th-16th at Manifesto (501-130 Queens Quay East) with free admission African-Canadian diaspora artist showcases and performances by Nigerian-Canadian rap artist Kinzo, Jamaican-Canadian singer-songwriter AshaLee, Cameroon born multilingual afro-reggaeton and R&B artist Marc Amello, Brampton- bred multi-genre (Dancehall, R&B, Reggae, Reggaeton, Rap, Pop) talent Swisha Sweetz, Canadian Latin reggaeton artist Sulek, and Montreal-born Burundian afro pop singer Aiza who alongside her music career is the executive producer and host of her own award-winning talk-show series for CBC titled Real Blackity Talk and who played a prominent role in Netflix’s original series Jupiter’s Legacy and on the CBC/Netflix sitcom Workin’ Moms.


On June 16th the free performance showcase continues and features; Teté, a Toronto-based R&B and Latin artist born in Brazil and raised in Mexico; Machecha, a Colombian Latin urban music artist; 21 Xero, a Latin urban pop singer and songwriter from Mexico City, Cuban-bred singer-songwriter Emartz, Salvadorian-Canadian reggaeton-pop artist Melly Queen, Diana De Los Angeles, an emerging Nicaraguan singer and rapper, and Papi AQ with his catchy Spanglish sound that blends trap production with Latin melodies. Special guest performers coming in from Edmonton to perform include reggaeton artist MNSO and Artafacts, a seasoned music producer and recording artist. The official festival after party  featuring DJ Killa Kels takes place at The Libertine (1307 Dundas St. W).


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