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Toli Nameless, from Paris, France-"Punk Funk meets Afro Beat"
Born in Flatbush, Brooklyn to Jamaican parents, music is a matter of breathing in and out. Toli Almasi was named by her godfather, reggae soul super star, Keith Rowe (Stop that Train). Through out her high school years, she created her own niche in acting and musical theatre. After a quick dabble in operatic arts and singing at Carnegie Hall, she then headed for the very rural hills of Vermont. There she performing with the likes of Lester Bowie, Fontella Bass, The Mad Professor, Toots and The Maytals, Marshal Allen and the Sun Ra Arkestra.
Toli then decided to make music her main career by attending the world renown New School Jazz Conservatory in New York City. It was there that she would assume the stage name Toli Nameless after founding her once twelve member all-female ensemble, The Femme Nameless. The Nameless were to signify every female musician and unsung heroine whose name would be other wise forgotten.
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