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  • August 1, 2017

    Samir Langus on Morocco’s Musical Landscape

    During our recent visit to the 23rd annual World Sacred Music Festival in Fes, Morocco, we saw a dazzling variety of music from across Morocco’s musical landscape. We saw young Moroccans cheering to both pop musicians and Sufi dhikr and Gnawa musicians … Read more »

  • July 26, 2017

    Delgres: Pascal Danaë’s Journey to the Afro-Caribbean-Louisiana Connection

    One of the stand-out performances at this year’s Nuits d’Afrique Festival in Montreal was the Paris-based trio Delgres. The group was conceived and is led by guitarist Pascal Danaë, with Rafgee on sousaphone, and Baptiste Brondy on drums and backing … Read more »

  • July 24, 2017

    Mû Mbana on the End of Show Biz at Nuits d’Afrique

    All pictures by the author. Between a brief dancing gorilla attack and some truly incompetent attempts at Congolese percussion by us, the crowd, it was another perfect day at the Nuits d’Afrique Festival in Montreal. Although that evening when I … Read more »

  • July 20, 2017

    Mokoomba at Nuits d’Afrique, Montreal

    Summer in Canada’s second-largest city is amazing. While many cities have free outdoor concerts and festivals, Montreal has an entire district of their city center devoted to them—the “Quartier des Spectacles.” Literally just this week there’s a food festival, a … Read more »

  • July 20, 2017

    Bixiga 70: Brazilian Afrobeat Messengers

    There’s been a connecting thread running through our coverage of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal this year—the legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen and Brazil. Allen performed at the festival with his tribute to his hero, Art Blakey; he … Read more »

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