Kuraaku is a Music Producer/mixing engineer, graphic designer, video editor and creative director born and raised on the island of Barbados (Caribbean) also home to the queen herself Rhianna.
Now residing in Halifax, Ns, Canada, Kuraaku aims to push boundaries through his production helping to shape modern sound with his unique way of fusing genres with his background knowledge of dancehall, reggae, hip hop, trap and also through Afro beats and the amapiano world which has now become a huge influence in his music venture.
He is set to release his debut album titled « Big Man le boss » which is a project with a collective of artists from back in his country along with some new artists here in Canada showcasing versatility through genre-bending.
Kuraaku is also releasing an EP titled « Shesh » in the spring with the collaboration of some talented artist friends here in the city of Halifax.
Kuraaku aims to become an emperor of sound in making an indelible imprint with his future productions/recordings with new and upcoming talented artists.
Leanne Hoffman is a multi-disciplinary artist, songwriter, and producer living in Halifax, NS. She released her first solo, full-length album in May 2019 which was nominated for four Music Nova Scotia Awards, winning two, and a nomination for an East Coast Music Award. Her second album, The Text Collector, was co-produced with award-winning producer Erin Costelo and released in June 2023.
The Text Collector is a multidisciplinary project that deconstructs poetry and pop music, rebuilding the pieces into a listening experience even richer than the sum of its parts. The songs use the swirling melodies and glitzed-up production of Top 40, and lyrics that address the interconnected relationship between desire and despair.
The album was written from a poetry project where Hoffman wrote one poem a day for 365 days. All of those poems are now published in a book called “The Text Collector: An Anthology”. In addition to the written work and the songs, The Text Collector was accompanied by eight art pieces, handmade by Hoffman, and four music videos.
By pressing light up against dark until it’s evident they’re just different parts of a multi-faceted whole, Hoffman dismantles illusions of duality on her sophomore record, clearing space to meet her feelings on their own terms instead of forcing them into a box.
JupiterReign, also known as Thaydra Gray, has been surrounded by music since the beginning of her life. She began singing in her father’s church choir in Montreal, Quebec, where she grew up directed by her mother, even before she could put together full sentences. She grew up the youngest of four daughters, and through her sisters she found her deep love for RnB music. Because of her exceptional vocal gifts, commitment to her craft, and charming stage presence, she also got the opportunity to sing background vocals with the legendary Roger Waters, of Pink Floyd. She was honoured to perform a special song with gospel icon, Donny McClurkin.
She studied Musical Theatre training at the MSOPA (Montreal School of Performing Arts) under the guidance of some of this country’s leading actors and directors. In October of 2022, she debuted her theatrical abilities and starred as the main character, Lauren Johnson, in the premiere of “Love, Peace and Hairgrease”, written and directed by Tara Taylor.
After receiving a spotlight while backing up platinum award-winning Canadian artist Jocelyn Alice, opportunities began to pop up. She debuted her first single “Don’t Wanna”, in the summer of 2022, which originated as a class assignment in the NSCC Music Arts program,. From there, she developed her debut EP “Intergalactic”, influenced by the sounds of Keyshia Cole, Kehlani, Summer Walker and SZA.
She is the 2023 ANSMA Rising Star of the Year award winner, as well as a 3-time ANSMA nominee, including Artist of the Year and Single of the Year, and a 2023 Music Nova Scotia African Canadian Artist of the Year nominee.
Rooted in the rich traditions of R&B, her music aims to evoke emotions, tell stories, and forge connections with a diverse and passionate audience. With every note, lyric, and performance, she strives to craft a unique, sonic experience that leaves a lasting impact on the souls of those who listen. She has a profound belief in the power of music to heal, uplift, unite and tell a story.