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All posts with tag: Nuits D’Afrique 2017

  • 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 7, 2017

    Bossa Nova’s French Connection

    While it remains no doubt a worldwide phenomenon, bossa nova seems especially beloved in France. I thought that maybe this was a confusion that only I had when looking back at the post-war, pre-youth-culture window: jazz, bright colors, Josephine Baker … Read more »

  • blog August 5, 2017

    Sidi Wacho: Soundtrack of A Revolution

    For 10 years, the Algerian-French rapper known as Saïdou was a member of the group Le Ministère des Affaires Populaires (the Ministry of Popular Affairs) or simply, MAP. A hip-hop group based in Lille, in the north of France, they … 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 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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