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  • blog October 12, 2017

    Abdel Kadiri and the Making of Modern Raï

    Abdel Kadiri and I sat down behind the main stage as the sun was setting at Montreal’s Nuits d’Afrique Festival. The crowd had been getting thicker all day and it would peak when Kadiri got up and absolutely shredded it. … Read more »

  • blog August 4, 2017

    Nuits d’Afrique 2017 Wraps Up

    All photos by the author. Cameroonian saxophonist and living legend, Manu Dibango, told North Country Public Radio that the most important African music festival “isn’t in New York or Paris or London, it’s here in Montreal.” He was, of course, … Read more »

  • blog July 28, 2017

    Nightshade

    Nobody is perfect. A l l i e isn’t afraid to admit that on her song, “Bad Habits, a standout from her debut album Nightshade which was released July 21. We’re all guilty of our own faults, but this Canadian … Read more »

  • blog 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 »

  • blog 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 »

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