Reviews and Quotes
"...OKAN has a sound all its own".... "they've got it all"
Catalina Maria Johnson
"I have rarely felt that much energy and joie de vivre pouring out of a group as in the collaboration between Miguel de Armas and OKAN this month."
"...OKAN and Miguel de Armas create a joyous rush of Afro-Cuban jazz"
Ottawa Jazz Scene.ca
"One of the most exciting Cuban projects to have emerged out of the Toronto Latin scene, OKAN brings powerful vocals and high-level musicianship to their fusion of traditional rhythms, jazz and soul. Backed by some of the country’s top players, OKAN’S charismatic leaders, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne are ready to take their project to the international stage".
Jose Ortega, Co-Artistic Director, Lula Lounge Toronto.
"OKAN performs music whose core comes from their Afro-Cuban heritage, but which has absorbed many influences from their new home in Canada"
Alayne Mcgregor, OttawaJazzScene.ca 9 October, 2018.
"I was pleased to have OKAN perform at the Small World Music Centre. Their integration of older Cuban traditional forms such as rumba, son and danzon with a modern approach made for a fresh 21st Century perspective. Elizabeth’s vocals were strong and their original repertoire, arranged by co-leader, composer and percussionist Magdelys Savigne, made the most of a top notch rhythm section (Roberto Riveron on bass, Jeremy Ledbetter on piano and Anthony Szczachor on drums). It made for a special night for an enthusiastic Small World audience".
Alan Davis, Artistic Director, Small World Music.
"El discurso que proponen ambas cubanas bebe de la música folclórica (rumbas), la música clásica, el jazz con chispazos del llamado world music".
Solar Latin Club.
"Rodriquez & Savigne hit the refresh button and blend the swing of jazz, the classic Hot Club violin stylings of Stephane Grappelli, Cuban and Mexican rhythms, into music of great sophistication and style. They move from fusion jazz, classic Cuban, roots Mexican with jazz swing, to a delightful originals by the two, rich in passion and harmonic invention.
It’s that marriage of voices – the ease at which both Rodriquez and Savigne can sing the most complex lines in simpatico and seamlessly traverse the landscape. There are moments of breathtaking intensity and resolve".
Newstalk1010 & 1010 CFRB.
Elizabeth & Magdelys as part of The Battle of Santiago
Discography: "La Migra",(2017)
Tours: USA, Canada, Europe
Elizabeth & Magdelys as part of Jane Bunnett & Maqueque
Discography: "Maqueque" (2015), "Oddara" (2017)
Tours: USA, Canada, Brazil, Australia