LAL (band)

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Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years active 2009–present
Associated acts
  • Rosina Kazi
  • Nicholas Murray

LAL is a Toronto-based collective of musicians representing Uganda, Bangladesh, Barbados, and India featuring vocalist Rosina Kazi, laptop musician, Nicholas "Murr" Murray, and bassist Ian de Sousa.[1] The group's sound fuses South-Asian roots, West Indian fruits, and melancholic vocals with jazz and hip hop influences, down tempo grooves, broken soul, and electro. Their song lyrics are socially conscious poetry.[2]


LAL formed in 1998.[3] LAL has produced four studio albums, including Corners (2002), and Warm Belly High Power (2004), which was named the best soul album of 2004 by Exclaim!.[4]

LAL have also performed in a variety of festivals and venues across Canada, Europe, and Pakistan. They received support from the Canada Council for the Arts for composing and recording in 2006/2007. LAL's third album is Deportation;[5] the album featured 20 guest artists.[6]

LAL released the album Find Safety in 2016.[3]


  • Corners (1998)
  • Warm Belly High Power (2002)
  • Deportation (2008)[7]
  • Find Safety (2016)[8]


  1. ^ Sylvester, Daniel (3 May 2012). "LAL". Exclaim!. Archived from the original on 1 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "LAL Returns with a Passionately Political Sound, and Yuka Introduces Mighty Vocals". Torontoist, By Ryan B. Patrick
  3. ^ a b ">>> LAL Find Safety". NOW Toronto, by Benjamin Boles April 27, 2016
  4. ^ "Toronto Quartet Lal Dodges Trip-Hop Label". January 27, 2005. Retrieved July 12, 2009. 
  5. ^ Rayner, Ben (May 22, 2008). "LAL shines a light on darkness". The Toronto Star. Retrieved July 12, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Lal The shape-shifting Toronto group finds its focus 14 years in". Now Toronto, by Benjamin Boles May 17, 2012
  7. ^ Sylvester, Daniel (27 April 2016). "LAL Find Safety". Exclaim!. Archived from the original on 1 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "'The world is not safe, so let's create our own spaces': Toronto band LAL finds power in community". Archived from the original on 1 April 2017. 

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