Aline Morales 

Aline Morales; Photo - Nicola Betts; DSC_9435 CROPPED.jpg

Since her travels to Canada in 2003, Aline Morales has become known as a dynamic singer, percussionist, and bandleader. With the release of her debut solo album, the Juno Award nominated Flores, Tambores e Amores, she gained national attention, widespread critical acclaim, and the album reached No. 1 on Canada’s folk/world charts. 
Born and raised in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, she began her performing career as a child. She also trained in capoeira and, by the time she reached her 20s, she had performed in a variety of traditional and modern bands, including one of Brazil’s most well-known maracatu groups, Nacao Estrela Brilhante do Recife, led by Mestre Walter de Franca. Since her arrival in Toronto, she has been a tireless promoter of the traditional maracatu rhythms of north-eastern Brazil, performing with her 30-member percussion troupe, Baque de Bamba.