Rooted in jazz and blues, Moneka Arabic Jazz draws from leader Ahmed Moneka’s Afro-Irapi heritage, flavoured by Toronto’s rich multicultural mix. Ahmed founded the group in part to reflect the stories and songs of his background. His work has led to collaborations with the Canadian Opera Company, Aga Khan Museum, Tafelmusik, Koerner Hall, Modern Times Stage, and Jaberi Dance Theatre, among others. The group’s repertoire introduces maqam and weaves African identity and influences into its music.