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Afrodizz brings the genuine Afro Funk ruckus. Formed in 2002 under the lead of jazz guitarist Gabriel Aldama, this Montreal-based powerhouse has quickly become one of Canada's premiere Afrobeat outfits. Drawing inspiration from the work of the legendary Fela Kuti, these eight stellar musicians use their jazz experience to expand on the foundation sound with a modern urban touch.

Vance Payne's voice and conscious lyrics have the warmness and depth of classic soul; the brass section comprised of Frédé Simard on tenor saxophone, David Carbonneau on trumpet, and François Glidden on baritone saxophone enriches the sound with power and punch; the rhythm section with Jean-Philippe Goncalves on drums, François Vincent on percussion and François Plante on bass ensures no body stands still on the dancefloor; and Gabriel Aldama on guitar guides the funky and festive dimension of the music.

Afrodizz plays regularly all over Montreal and across Canada, and the public's response has been unanimous: Afrodizz knows how to make you move and make you think. Their live performances are bonafide dancefloor burners. A much-heralded performance during the 2003 Montreal International Jazz Festival led them to be chosen as "Revelation of the Year" in the Tropiques series. Since then, Afrodizz became well-known throughout Quebec and Canada, and have performed sold-out shows at the legendary Jazz Café in London UK in early 2004.

In 2003, Afrodizz independently distributed a four track EP that became an instant classic. Two tracks were selected for a 12" release on Freestyle Records imprint. The single "No Time" became a big hit, and was playlisted by such tastemakers as Toronto's Movement Collective, Quantic, Snowboy, and other DJs worldwide. Afrodizz's debut full-length Kif Kif is available on Do Right Music across Canada, and UK via Freestyle Records.