Heartbeat – Season One

Various | Documentary | Canada | 23 mins | 2007 | English



Documentary Series With 13 Episodes – Created by Frances-Anne Solomon, and produced through CaribbeanTales and Leda Serene Films, in association with Bravo! and Gayelle the Channel, each half-hour episode showcases a different Caribbean performer and explores the depth of their artistry.


  Episode 1 - Muhtadi: "Heart Beat"
A celebrity in his own right, master drummer Muhtadi plays the djembe, bongos, congas, timbales, steel pan. He is the force behind Toronto's hugely popular Muhtadi International Drumming Festival.
  Episode 2 - Kobo Town: "Storytelling In 'Storytelling'"
These talented musicians invite us into the dazzling world of wordplay and images that define calypso tradition and Trinidadian culture.
  Episode 3 - Nick "Brownman" Ali: "The Life And Times Of Brown"
Toronto jazz creator Brownman is a force of nature. This restless inventive doc captures his prodigious talent and contagious passion for his art.
  Episode 4 - Alex Cuba: "The Making Of Alex Cuba"
Born Alexis Puentes to a Cuban musician father, Alex Cuba is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer. In 2006, he won a Juno Award for Best World Music Album for Humo de Tabaco.
  Episode 5 - The Sattelites: "Gifts Of Laughter And Music"
This documentary is a story about the rapport between flugelhorn player JoJo Bennett, singer/saxophonist Fergus Hambleton, and Jo Jo's deep reggae roots melded with Fergus' love of '60s pop vocal harmonies. Together they create a unique flavor.
  Episode 6 - Saidah Baba Talibah: "Stepping Out"
Saidah Baba Talibah is a truly gifted performer, who possesses a refreshingly energetic personality and a presence that exudes shimmering warmth. Her versatility tickles your senses and speaks to your heart.
  Episode 7 - Tara Woods: "A.K.A. Macomere Fifi"
Before she became Macomere Fifi "the award-winning Calypso Queen” she was Tara Woods. From church chorister to Caribbean folk singer to formidable character in the male-dominated calypso scene, this documentary reveals the evolution and inspiration of calypso, Canadian-style.
  Episode 8 - Mojah: "Moving With The Times"
Born in Trinidad, Mojah moved to Canada in 1972. He was a founding member of bands such as Truths and Rights, Compass and V, as well as an accomplished songwriter for bands such as Big Sugar.
  Episode 9 - Ian Jones: "How The Steel Pan Is Changing Lives"
Through short intimate profiles with men from Regent Park and across Toronto, the film strives to share a new perspective on Black fathers, as they take on parenthood in full stride
  Episode 10 - Sara Renelik: "Reawakening"
Sara Renelik is a Montreal singer, choreographer, and dancer of Haitian descent who has toured and performed with Cirque de Soleil, Celine Dion, Yaya Diallo, Eval Manigat and Yves Dechary. Since 1999, she has lead her own band, touring Canada, the US and Germany.
  Episode 11 - Tanya Mullings: "Music Is My Life"
Award-winning Canadian pioneer Tanya Mullings currently holds the title as 2007's Top Female Artist with RMAA and CRMA. Internationally-recognized, for 20 years Tanya has created four albums with the most prestigious producers in the industry, covering all sub-genres of reggae and R&B.
  Episode 12 - Kellylee Evans: "Fight Or Flight"
2007 Juno and Gemini Award-nominated singer-songwriter, Kellylee Evans is a unique voice in the urban jazz world. Many of today's top musicians have taken notice.
Episode 13 - Shakura S'aida: "Blueprint"
New York-born, with roots in gospel music, Shakura is now based in Toronto. She was the lead singer of world music ensemble Kaleefah before starting solo career.