Toronto Urban Latin ensemble and winner of the title of Best of ‘Play the Parks’ in 2017, continues to fire up funk fusion with their new video and single “Hurricane” released August 2018.
The word "Santerías" represents a cultural fusion where dance and music are fundamental ingredients for healing. Santerias Band proposes that their dynamic and upbeat style of music, coined by them as RUMBAFUNK, should be a universal healing language. Some songs bring in Latin rhythms while some embrace a Brazilian Tropicália sensibility, but all of them get bathed in a vibrant mixture of pop and funk aesthetics. Ana Lía Arias Garrido (Dominican Republic) on lead vocals, Juan Dino Toledo (Chile) on guitar and backing vocals, and Oriana Barbato, (Chile) on bass and backing vocals, are the core of this musical superpower. They have a roster of guest musicians and most recently, Randolf Jimenez (Venezuela), has been put in charge of the rhythmic backbone.
Santerias recently released their fourth album, Hurricane, in the fall of 2018. Hurricane is available on all major digital platforms.
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Ana Lía / Lead Vocals
Ana Lía was born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. From an early age she would be the entertainer of the family singing, dancing and acting.
She started taking singing lessons with renowned Cuban soprano, María Remolá, when she was in her teens. Shortly after graduating high school, Ana Lía moved to Toronto to pursue performing arts as a career. She went to the Randolph College for the Performing Arts, where she was classically trained, by tenor Robert Longo. She also trained in flamenco cante (song) with various flamenco singers including María del Mar Fernández, and Ezequiel Benítez, from Andalusia, Spain.
Ana Lía joined Santerias in March 2015, and she's thrilled to be singing and making music with such passionate, creative and talented people. She looks forward to many more years of music making and grooving with Santerías.
Oriana Barbato / Bass
Oriana Barbato is a versatile bassist, composer and a founding member of Santerías. Her eclectic style, adaptability, work ethic and professionalism have brought her to stages across North America and Europe, where she has shared the stage and been billed alongside with world-renowned musicians such as latin/flamenco fusion act TaKiLo, Catalan cumbia group La Troba Kung Fu, Qawwali master Shahid Ali Khan, Warwick endorsed bass prodigy Jorge Campos and Juno award-winning Canadian songwriter Bif Naked. Oriana holds a BFA from York University and also offers freelance services as she enjoys playing shows and is very passionate about her instrument. She shares these strengths by teaching bass and facilitating bands throughout the year, for sessions run by the Toronto Girls Rock Camp body.
Juan Dino Toledo / Guitar
Juan D. Toledo is a composer and a founding member of Santerías. Hailing from Chile, this guitarist has lived most of his life in Toronto. In the late 1980’s he started playing and recording Rock music in various local bands-including touring with and opening for bands such as I Mother Earth & Jeff Healy. Passionate to grow as a musician he started experimenting with Gamelan guitar playing inspired by Robert Fripp & Adrian Belew from the legendary band King Crimson. Later on, Juan fell in love with Flamenco and started studying Flamenco guitar under the tutelage of Miguel de la Bastide in 1997. This training allowed him to tour with Jesse Cook across the USA.