Montréal Celebrates Festival International Nuits d’Afrique – July 7-19, 2015



Presented by ICI Musique, the GRANDS ÉVÉNEMENTS (Great Events) series has earned its name. Over the years, it has welcomed the biggest stars in world music, whose shows have been presented worldwide and for whom Nuits d’Afrique is a must.

  • Official OPENING CONCERT: Zebda (Maghreb/France), at the Metropolis – With its mega-hit “Tomber la chemise,” the group has swept every award. On its latest album, Comme des Cherokees (2014), Zebda defends diversity and regional accents. Joyful and committed!
  • Le Grand Méchant Zouk (Martinique and Guadeloupe) with Kassav’, Luc Leandry, Princess Lover, Jean-Marc Ferdinand and guests at the Metropolis – A cult event in France, this show celebrates the best of this sun-drenched beat, in a fiery atmosphere. First time in Montréal!
  • Ondatròpica (Colombia), at the Théâtre Fairmount – “A cocktail of Colombian beats, ska and reggae,” the live version set around Will Holland (Quantic) and Mario Geleano, gives pride of place to traditional cumbia, porro and currulao. “Joyful, explosive, abundant, surprising.”
  • Famalé with Zal Sissokho, Marcus Vianaand Sergio Pererê (Brazil – Senegal / Quebec), at the Théâtre Fairmount – Two great names of Brazilian culture, Marcus Viana and Sergio Pererê, stylishly align the strings of their violin and charango with the kora of Zal Sissokho, writing a candid dialogue between subSaharan African beats, samba, blues, reggae and jazz.
  • Paulo Flores (Angola), at the Théâtre Fairmount – For more than 25 years, Paulo Flores has captured the essence of Luanda, expressing it with poetry and sincerity, in a style of semba influenced by fado, jazz, funk and Caribbean or Brazilian beats.

The PRESTIGE series, at the Gesù, has found a suitable spot. Magical moments, imbued with elegance and an emotional charge, are experienced in this series, moments when the audience literally communes with the artists.

  • Black Umfolosi (Zimbabwe) – their captivating a cappella singing resonates with messages of hope and peace, later replaced by an exalted gumboot dance conveying the memory of the Zulu people. Deep and authentic.
  • La Nuit de la kora with Djeli Mori Tounkara (Mali/Quebec) and Djeli Moussa Diawara (Guinea) – No sound reveals the West African soul more than that of the majestic and mesmerizing kora, an accompaniment to tradition and a catalyst of creation. First Djeli Mori Tounkara and then Djeli Moussa Diawara, founder of the famous Kora Jazz Trio, glide their fingers, respectively, over the 21 strings and 32 strings (unique!) of their instruments. A world of musical possibilities.


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