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THE WORLD OF SEKOYA... Debut album launched June 2004 on Maximum Jazz and distributed by Universal Music Canada. Sekoya's complex compositional form, jazz influenced broken beats, sophisticated electronic sound manipulation, ground breaking vocal styling, socially and politically charged lyrics and intelligent horn arrangements are all in a genre defying singer/songwriter style. James Graham of New Music Canada, CBC, calls Sekoya an "Introduction to Soul in Motion".

The past year has been monumental for Sekoya...

Canada Council awarded them with a grant to fully fund their debut album featuring critically acclaimed jazz musicians Greg Hutchinson & Reuben Rogers from the Grammy award winning Joshua Redman Quartet as well as Canada's very own Brad Turner of multi-Juno award winning electric jazz band, Metalwood.

Garnering rave reviews from Miami to London. Their debut single to the world on Nutone's jazz beat compilation 'Sunset Nights' had them sharing the same scorching spotlight with many electronic visionaries from all over the globe, such as LTJ Bukem, Llorca, Koop and Soulstice.

2003 & 2004 also saw Sekoya sharing the same stage as UK's Cinematic Orchestra, Norway's Beady Belle & Jaga Jazzist, Cuba's Maraca, USA's Michael Franti of Spearhead, Canada's Kid Koala, and Internationally acclaimed spoken word artists Ursula Rucker and Saul Williams. Here lies the evidence of just how defiantly they break the rules. With ease they relate to diverse audiences, crossing over from jazz to electronic music, from hip hop to world.

Recently, Sekoya appeared at the Montreal '25th Anniversary' Jazz Festival, Celebrate Toronto Street Festival, Bumbershoot, and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival (Four appearances including the Commodore Ballroom, David Lam Park, Performance Works and the feature opening night gala performer-June 2003).

"Horns waver and wobble, as does the undulating background synth wash beneath the daddy-o-cool scatted vocals."
- John Ferri - Miami New Times

"...Amalia's husky, sexy, yet sweet voice and buoyant stage personality drew the audience into the palm of her charming hand. Having a killer band with her only made sense. It was a perfect example of that desired full-circle experience: music fuelling audience fuelling music, round and round again. Very exciting stuff!"
- Josie Ochej - Vancouver Jazz

"One of the most stylish singers around, soulful Amalia Townsend scats-sings to murky synth sounds, delicious electro beats, moody horns and fleeting flute on a jazz debut that is as innovative as it is intelligent and steamy."
- Kerry Gold - Vancouver Sun