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…startedhiscareer as a musician in the Pop-ethnic genre coming from his home country, ALBANIA.
… Leonard decides to move to Patraso in Greece, where he plays folk-Greek music together with Spiro Grivas as compositor, drummer and percussionist.
…at the end of 1992 Leonard moves to Italy, settling down in Milan where he plays in the Giuseppe Verdi Band of Cesano Maderno.
…master Francesco Borgonovo (voice, bass)…Mauro Mogicato (guitar)…and Leonard Toma (drummer, percussions) start “MISHELA”, a Rock-Ethnic-Grunge Group for which Leonard Toma writes the majority of the lyrics (www.mishela.fajtori.com).
The name MISHELA derives from a “contaminated” music style which combines Italian and Albanian culture. In 1998 the band recorded the album “Noise from a little House” with 11 out of 14 song lyrics written by Leonard.
In 1999 the group took part in the XII edition of “Rock targato Italia” winning the award for the Best group of the Milan hinterland.
In the summer of 2000 the band released the “Hopeful Nest”, a self-produced CD of 17 tracks with 16 song lyrics written by Leonard.
In 2002 the disc “Merry go Round” was published including 12 new songs, 9 out of 12 lyrics composed by Leonard. In the same 2002 some tracks and interviews were broadcasted in “Radio popolare network”, “Nova Radio”, “Circuito Marconi” and “Gamma Radio”, “Rock FM”, “Radio Seregno”.
“…the research process (has) just been started: the Grunge sound and the Balkan rhythm & melody are mixed together and led on by their powerful drummer Leonard Toma.
The band MISHELA can reach great results and appeals both ethnic and rock music fans“.
(Tribe Generation, 18 April 2000)
“Who, like me, see in the music an useful instrument to create a peaceful world, cannot avoid to fall in love with the Mishela project.
His willing to realize himself and his passion for the music, brought him to meet people that will help and support him. Among them Piero Cassano (producer and musician famous for having promoted Eros Ramazzotti) and Luigi Colarullo (producer and musician) who cooperated with Leonard on the production of the project “Cuca baby” with the tracks Cuca baby, Xhixhile and Oppa.
Leonard sings with nostalgia of Balkan sounds and music.
With this group he aims at producing inedited songs, Balkan music (ALBANIAN) and his own idea on world music with mixed lyrics.
His band consists of Italian, Egyptian, Eritrean and Romanian musicians and their performances are accompanied by the belly dancing show.
Meanwhile he cooperates with other artists like VLADIMIR DENISSENKOV (accordionist who worked with FABRIZIO DE ANDRE’), MONIO VA, UNION NOWHERE and others.
Leonard takes part as percussionist in the soundtrack of the movie “DOCTOR ZIVAGO” with music of Ludovico Einaudi (musician; www.ludovicoeinaudi.com)
He participates in the full-lenght movie “FAME CHIMICA”.
Leonard cooperates with:
Luigi Colarullo (producer, musician www.colarullo.com)
Piero Cassano (producer and record producer) www.matiabazar.com, www.ramazzotti.com
Franco Fiume (producer and record producer) www.riverrecords.it
Pippo Ladro and Massimo Caso of the record company “Il cortile”
Esau Remor Pro Sound TechGranà (singer, choir member) www.lagrana.it
Bledi Shishmani (compositor, pianist known also as leader of AKULL THYESIT and now of the ARTIST)
Elisa Celari (singer-song writer) www.ljli.com
Rossano Eleuteri (producer, musician) www.rossanoeleuteri.com
Dori Pustina (www.fajtori.com)
Andi Tepelena (www.eds-foundation.org, www.artkontakt.it)
Vladimir Denissenkov (compositor, musician…www.felmay.it/denissen.html)
Giuliano Mori (poet and musician)
Shams (dancer…www.shamsbellydance.it)Trovò (belly dancer)
Debora Tundo (singer, poet)Welcom
2009 contest dj star
2010 Albanian state tv TVSH ''Jo vetem kafe'' with Hygerta Sako
dj Tour 2010-2011-2012
Leonardt Toma tour 2011-2012
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