A Sneek Peek at Kultrún 2017

A Sneek Peek at Kultrún 2017

Amanda Martinez graces the Kultrún Festival July 7-9, 2017


Meet Amanda Martinez

Amanda Martinez is a Canadian based singer/songwriter whose music exultingly blends her unique Mexican and South African roots with flamenco soul. 

Her third and latest CD "Mañana" was helmed by GRAMMY-winning producer Javier Limón. Limón, whose production credits include acclaimed singers such as Buika, Mariza and Diego el Cigala, hails Martinez as "one of the greatest voices in the world." ‘Mañana’ and her previous solo albums have earned her three Latin Jazz Artist of the Year nominations at Canada’s National Jazz Awards. 

Her songs have appeared on three Putumayo world music collections: Bossanova Around the World, Latin Dreamland and most recently, Cafe Latino. 

Martinez has headlined at the legendary Blue Note jazz club in New York, at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Festivities in South Africa, and at the 2011 PanAmerican Games in Guadalajara. She also performed in a series of concerts during the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games, as well as hosting several events. During the 2015 Pan Am Games, she also served as the honourary co-chair of the Ignite program. 

In the media, Amanda is currently hosting PANAMANIA-- a TV series she produces with CBC Sports that highlights Toronto's cultural scene. 

Amanda has worked as a radio host (launching Canada's JAZZFM91 Latin Jazz program), TV personality (BRAVO Arts & Minds, Star TV!) and actress (Regnesis and Disney's Life with Derek). She also hosts and co-produces Ingredients for a Good Life to promote Mexico to Canadians. 

Amanda recently visited Namibia as an ambassador for SOS Children's Villages, a global organization that helps abandoned and orphaned siblings stay united as families. She spent just over a week caring for a family of eight children. A young mother of three, Martinez calls the SOS mission "a cause close to my heart." A regular performer in Canada's most respected halls, her work has been highlighted by Canada's mainstream media and most recently been recognized by CNN on the launch of her tour in the USA. 

Amanda holds a masters degree in international business from York University. In 2014, Amanda was awarded Top 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians by the Minister of National Revenue.