ANNOUNCEMENT: Toronto Musicians MATATA 6 Join The Fight To End Cancer 2020

March 11, 2020
Filed Under: Event News, Main Event, Top Stories

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Toronto Musicians MATATA 6 Join The Fight To End Cancer 2020

We are extremely excited to announce MATATA 6 as our feature performers on Saturday May 30th, 2020 at this year’s Fight To End Cancer Gala at The Old Mill Toronto.

You can see them perform before our co-main and main event fights and can also meet them at our Official Media Day Weigh-Ins on Thursday, May 21 (5 – 8 pm).

MATATA 6 has travelled the world and have been collecting influences from all over the Globe, while perfecting the essence of storytelling through their music. These Toronto Natives have captured our hearts and ears with their soulful ballads and catchy melodies.

If you needed another reason to be excited about this band, we have it for you!  FTEC Founder, Jennifer Huggins, first came across MATATA 6 at an event she was working last year.  Jennifer thought they were incredible and was sure she recognized the lead singer. She showed the video of the band in action to Fight Photographer and Head Coach, Virgil Barrow, and he pulled it all together. Mponda Kalunga was not only the lead singer of this band, but he has represented Canada as an amateur and is now a celebrated professional boxer that Virgil has photographed in action.

We took some time to get his thoughts on music, boxing and the Fight To End Cancer:

“Music and boxing are a big part of my life. They’ve been good outlets to express myself. They make me a better person. The process of writing music and fighting is very similar. You have to look at things outside of the box, even-though you’re literally inside a box. You have to be yourself because that’s your biggest strength.

I started boxing at 16 years old and competed in the 2007 Canada Winter Games a year later, bringing back silver for my Province. That gave me a lot of confidence and it made me realize that the work I had put into training had paid off.  Winning the silver medal showed me that I could achieve whatever I put my time and energy into. I’ve come to learn so much about myself through boxing – both my strengths and weaknesses. I am empowered because of it. The success I’m having as a professional is a part of that.

The boxing and music industries have similarities and differences. They are both about entertainment. The process of writing music and preparing for a fight is the same. The best work is done the more present you are. You have to be comfortable failing in front of a crowd. There’s always a bit of nervousness before performing in both, which is good.

We’re so honoured to be featured at the Fight To End Cancer gala. Fighting to end cancer is important to us because it’s about empowerment and strength in unity. We fight for what we believe in. We are proud to play our music for such a worthy cause.”

~ Mponda Kalunga | Lead Singer, Matata 6

Mponda Kalunga wins his 9th professional bout against the undefeated Jordan McCue
Photo Credit: Virgil Barrow

MATATA 6 are true heroes in the Fight To End Cancer and we couldn’t be more grateful to have them on the team! We are always looking for more people ready to  Join The Fight! Together we can end cancer once and for all!


MATATA 6’s music celebrates diversity. The Toronto band originally formed for the love of original music and to showcase the cultural mosaic in Canada. Their music is a mixture of soul-world-folk with Afro influences. Their songs have a groovy beat and catchy melodies that focus on storytelling. MATATA 6 became the official ambassadors of The Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund, in 2017; In continuing to unite, encourage, empower, and promote self-expression.


Meet The 2020 Fight Team

Help the #FTEC2020 Fight Team reach their goal of $2 million dollars before Fight Night! Use the link below to get to know the individual team members better and support them in their Fight To End Cancer! Defeat Is NOT An Option

Sponsor A Fighter  Tickets & Event Info

Important Dates:
–> Official Media Day: Thurs. May 21, 2020 6pm – 8pm | Request Media Access
–> 2020 Charity Boxing Gala: Sat. May 30, 2020, 5pm – 11 pm | Old Mill Toronto Request Media Access

About The Fight To End Cancer
The Fight To End Cancer (FTEC) is a year round initiative carried out by ambassadors, sponsors and volunteers worldwide.  Over $1,500,000 has been donated to date since our inaugural year in 2012.  Funds raised by FTEC are donated directly to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.  Each year we celebrate the incredible hard work and dedication of our FTEC family with a black-tie charity boxing gala.  This gala showcases ten men and women who represent our Official Fight Team.  Our goal is to raise funds for cancer research year-round with the support of the local community and business owners.  Let’s make a difference now in the fight to end cancer for a long and successful future for everyone.  This is an event like no other and has quickly become one of the most anticipated events in Toronto.

About The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation at University Health Network raises funds for breakthrough research, exemplary teaching and compassionate care at Princess Margaret Hospital and its research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute, which now includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and The Campbell Family Breast Cancer Research Institute. More information about the Foundation can be found at


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