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Magdelys Savigne of the Juno-nominated group OKAN is hooked on this historical crime novel by Sarah Waters

The Toronto-based musician talks about the book she's reading.
Magdelys Savigne (left) and Elizabeth Rodriguez are partner in the Toronto-based musical group Okan. (McClelland & Stewart, Ksenija Hotic)

Percussionist Magdelys Savigne and violinist Elizabeth Rodriguez make up the Toronto-based group OKAN. The word "okan" means "heart" in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santería and the group's sound is a soulful blend of jazz, folk and global rhythms. 

OKAN has been nominated for a 2021 Juno Award in the category of world music album of the year for their album Espiral.

Savigne is a big reader and stopped by The Next Chapter to talk about the book she's reading, Fingersmith, the 2002 historical crime novel set in Victorian-era Britain by Sarah Waters. 

"Fingersmith by Sarah Waters is a very nice novel set in the Victorian times. It's an interesting plot of murder and suspense and love. It's about women thriving in a society that doesn't understand women. It's told in an interesting way: the first part of the tale is told by one of the women, Maud, and then the second part is told by the other woman, Susan. 

It's about women thriving in a society that doesn't understand women.

"The way they meet, the way they bump into each other and their different experiences during this encounter is very, very interesting. I'm really hooked!"

Watch the video for the song Espiral by Okan

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