Take 10 with Errol Nazareth

Metro Morning’s Errol Nazareth has deeply enriched the Torontonian’s love of music. His elegant critiques of international vocals and instrumentals are exquisite recordings all by themselves. Black Iris asks Errol 10 questions about his life as a music man.

Where did you develop your love of music?

I moved to the UK from India, so the music scene was a revelation, to put it mildly. Punk was happening and so were the reggae, ska and New Romantic scenes. I liked all of it.

Has Toronto influenced your taste?

I got more into jazz and hip-hop and world music when I moved here.

Is there any kind of music that you don’t like?

Not a fan of metal and pure country.

Have you ever sung professionally?


Do sing in the shower?



Name two favourite female recording artists.

Cassandra Wilson and Nina Simone.

What passions do you have besides music?

Food. Politics. International affairs. Documentaries.

What does music have to do with politics?

Politics doesn’t necessarily have a place in music.

What is your favourite musical biography?

Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye.

What song did you dance to at your wedding?

Ben Harper, By My Side.

Catch Errol Nazareth’s music column Thursdays on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning.