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

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The REVELATION series is the pride of the festival. It is the leading North American platform for the most promising artists who have stood out in their own ways.

  • Marema (Senegal), at the Théâtre Fairmount – The winner of the 2014 Prix Découvertes RFI, flanked by her guitar, imposes a light bubby pop, infused with just what it takes in the sounds and beats of the Teranga region.
  • Bongeziwe Mabandla (South Africa), at the Club Balattou – His soulful voice emphasizes melancholic melodies delicately inflected with hip hop accents, a type of folk music that redefines traditional beats without denaturing them.
  • Sousou and Maher Cissoko (Sweden/ Senegal), at the Club Balattou – Skilfully combining kora and guitar, traditional Mandinka repertory and Scandinavian folklore, their obvious rapport transcends cultures to become a meeting of emotions and meaning.
  • Awa Sangho (Mali), at the Club Balattou – With her radiant voice, this former member of Les Go de Koteba offers a delightful foray into West African traditions, built on a delicate balance between acoustic and electrical sounds.
  • Maya Kamaty (Reunion), at the Club Balattou – Simplicity of traditional sounds and Creole aura: Maya magnifies maloya, long-forbidden slave songs nowlisted in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Because the Festival International Nuits d’Afrique also has a duty to deconstruct myths associated with that distant continent, the URBAN AFRICA series shows just how much its youth is both modern and inspired.

  • Patrice (Sierra Leone/Germany), at the National – Between Africa and Europe, at the confluence of reggae, folk and hip hop, lies Patrice’s sweggae, as in swag, hype, stylish! A downright uninhibited quest for identity!
  • Vox Sambou (Haiti/Quebec), at the Théâtre Fairmount – Blending a militant rap with traditional, Latin, Afro and reggae beats, and a founding member of the Nomadic Massive collective, he straightforwardly combines his Haitian identity, his African descent and his sense of belonging to Montréal.
  • Akawui (Chile/Quebec), at the Club Balattou – Blending Chilean, Cuban and Brazilian beats, in their Africanness, with the beguiling music of the Andes and urban styles, the winner of the 2015 Syli d’Or of world music tours the Americas to the rhythm of its sounds.

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