32nd edition of the Festival International Nuits d’Afrique

The Festival International Nuits d’Afrique invites you on a musical journey around the planet. Thirteen days of emotion and discovery with no jet lag: nearly 700 artists from 30 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America, 125 concerts and activities, eight series, six indoor venues and six days of free outdoor performances from July 17 to 22 on the Parterre of the Quartier des spectacles.

Unique and unifying, the festival promises memorable evenings, irresistible favourites and magical moments. From top names on the international scene to new generations of artists, each concert is an event in itself and a musical destination, from the official opening concerts with Femi Kuti & The Positive Force (Nigeria), July 12 at 8:30 pm at the MTelus, to the closing concert with the great Sekouba Bambino (Guinea) on the TD – Radio-Canada outdoor stage, July 22 at 9:30 pm.

Because the world sound is also borne by highly talented women – singers with spectacular voices and seasoned musicians – a female aura, rich in character, emerges this year from the program. In addition, the Voix du monde
series is 100 % female this year with concerts by Djazia Satour (Algeria), Barbara Guillaume (Haiti-Quebec), Votia (Réunion) and Banda Kakana (Mozambique).

Also noteworthy are the astonishing Mekli (Ethiopia) in the Grands événements series indoors and on the outdoor stage, Flavia Coelho (Brazil), Ladama (Colombia-Brazil-Venezuela-U.S.), Artiz (Haiti), Naxx Mwa Ndaya (Congo-Quebec) and The Peptides (Ontario). Moreover, we present other female voices marking our current musical landscape: Djely Tapa (Mali-Quebec) in the Étoiles Nuits d’Afrique series, DJ Yaya (Senegal-Quebec) in the Soirée Afrohouse and the K-Iri duet (Burkina Faso-Éthiopia-Quebec). An inspiring selection highlighting the musical journeys of diverse women.

This 32nd edition is also marked by the growing presence of the generation of artists who draw upon sounds of African descent and urban music styles, opening up genres and labels. Among these current artists offering new musical aesthetics are, in indoor venues, the Afro-futurist world of AfrotroniX (Chad-Quebec) at the Soirée Future Tribe, followed by Poirier, Mr Touré! and Yaya gathered in the electrifying Soirée Afrohouse, not to mention
reggaeman Naâman (France) with his DJ Fatbabs.

On the outdoor stage, the Zalama Crew collective (Colombia) arrives with its Afro-Colombian grooves, along with Degg J Force 3 (Guinea) with his contemporary and committed Afro-rap, and Boogát (Mexico-Quebec) with his urban beats set to Latino sounds.

“I am seeing world music evolve, and I tell myself that the work we have done over the last 32 years is
paying off. Mixtures are increasingly accomplished, and cultural encounters are more and more original,
but artists have not forgotten tradition. On the contrary, they pay tribute to it. It is exciting to see all the
change going on, to see people moving closer to one another and getting to know each other through
music, as we always desired.” — Lamine Touré, founding president of the festival

For more information on shows, tickets and packages: www.festivalnuitsdafrique.com