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

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THE NUITS D’AFRIQUE VILLAGE: FIVE DAYS OF FREE OUTDOOR SHOWS AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!

From July 15 to 19, the Parterre of the Quartier des spectacles comes alive and takes on the look of a real African village!

Families relax and take over the grassy areas. Children’s laughter bursts out between notes from the instruments, challenging the drums. Musicians, dancers and acrobats take turns on the stage all day long. The atmosphere is always festive. A barrage of activities!

On the big LOTO-QUÉBEC stage, a colourful and highly varied array of music for every taste! To start the day, OPEN-AIR WORKSHOPS given by master dancers and experienced musicians who will share their zeal with you. Then the AGOR’AFRIQUE TV5 offers an ambiance suited to special encounters with world artists, including storytelling, workshops and one-of-a-kind beats. Notto mention the TERRASSE NUITS D’AFRIQUE, with its multi-flavoured foods and exotic juices, the remarkable MARCHÉ TOMBOUCTOU with its 40 craftspeople, each more colourful than the others, with an invitation to discovery, and DISQUES DU MONDE, the only record shop in town providing an exclusive selection of world music albums, from the original to the indispensable!

Something to watch for, and a first this year: happenings with mixes, created in particular with Nuits d’Afrique compilations, presented in the DISQUES DU MONDE tent, with DJ Andy Williams and festival spokesperson Stefie Shock!

At nightfall, the crowd moves closer together and gathers in front of the main stage. The time for the big shows has arrived. The atmosphere is feverish. With 10 major concerts spread over five evenings, the Festival International Nuits d’Afrique offers a wider-than-ever array of world rhythms, including five “Grands Evénements TD” presented in collaboration with ICI Musique: Chico Trujillo, Admiral T, Antibalas, Los Van Van and Afrique en cirque!

On the LOTO-QUÉBEC big stage:

WEDNESDAY, JULY 15
• La Rue Ketanou (France), at 8 pm – Generous, rebellious, full of energy. For the last 15 years, with their wandering beats blending Gypsy music, folk, reggae, pop and French song, they ignite stages in the Frenchspeaking world.
• Chico Trujillo (Chile), at 9:30 pm – Steeped in punk rock and ska, Chilean-Colombian cumbia has what it takes to level the senses and leave common sense aside! “One of Latin America’s top live acts” (Radio Nova).

THURSDAY, JULY 16
• La Chiva Gantiva (Colombia/Belgium), at 8 pm – La Chiva Gantiva the world with “frenetic carnival funk, like a Molotov cocktail of rock, rap, soul and wild Latin funk” (The Times).
• Admiral T (Guadeloupe), at 9:30 pm – Admiral T is the “king of dancehall,” a true electro mixing reggae, R&B and soca with a very Caribbean agility, showcasing zouk and gwoka.

FRIDAY, JULY 17
• Rookie Rook & Compagnie (France/ Quebec), at 8 pm – French popular song, jazz and reggae all at the same time, influenced by Eastern Europe and Africa, their music has no borders. It sublimates genres into an energetic, positive and inspiring whole.
• Antibalas (United States), at 9:30 pm – Afrobeat in the style of Fela Kuti, a muscular display of electric and traditional sounds of varied influences: Antibalas is a hypnotic dancing groove, a very Brooklyn-style vibe.

SATURDAY, JULY 18
• Bouba Kirikou (Senegal), at 8 pm – The performer of the end credits of “Kirikou et la sorcière” and collaborator of Didier Awadi, adding his powerful voice with its vast range, gratifies audiences with a style of music that “gets people travelling and laughing.”
• Los Van Van (Cuba), at 9:30 pm – For nearly five decades, blending rock, jazz and even hip hop with Cuban son, their songo metabolizes a complex set of instruments and beats into an irresistible call to dance. A significant visit, and a vital event.

SUNDAY, JULY 19
• Salamate Gnawa (Morocco/Quebec), at 8 pm – Salamate Gnawa celebrates this mystical music with a tinge of sub-Saharan Africa, revealing sacred origins of these “ancestral blues in which the voices of ancestors resonate.”
• Afrique en cirque, with the Kalabanté troupe (Guinea/Quebec), at 9:30 pm – Daring acrobats, who have worked with the Cirque du Soleil or Les 7 doigts de la main, exalted dances, fiery rhythms, fabulous legends – a magnificent closing!

For more info visit: festivalnuitsdafrique.com
Photos: Jean-Marc Beaudoin, Jérôme Delapierre, Bohdan Kiszczuk

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