Each Wednesday, The World Africa presents three new musical releases from or inspired by the continent. This week, meet in the Paris region with the festival Africacolorincluding the 34e edition takes place from November 18 to December 24 in around twenty towns in Seine-Saint-Denis, Essonne, Val-d’Oise, Val-de-Marne and Hauts-de-Seine. About thirty dates are planned, including concerts specially devoted to Senegalto mali and at the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
“Mbaraj” by Samba Puzzi
It’s been a few years that Samba Peuzzi, 25, has been blowing a breath of fresh air on “galsen” rap (“Senegalese”, in verlan). The young man, who broke through in 2019 with the single Mary & Sheikh, forges its own path, far from the schools of global hip-hop such as boom-bap, trap or drill, by giving a large place to local sounds – notably the mbalax and its frenetic percussions – and by cultivating an offbeat and trendy through her music videos and her pronounced taste for fashion. Author of an album, Senegal Boy, in 2020, he will be preceded on the stages ofAfricacolor by Def Maa Maa Def, a duo formed by Dakar rappers Mamy Victory and Defa.
Saturday November 19 at Canal 93, in Bobigny, and Sunday November 20 at Le Plan, in Ris-Orangis.
“Nsera”, by Fatoumata Diawara (feat. Damon Albarn)
She is at almost every festival. Malian Fatoumata Diawara, 40, has established herself as one of the most illustrious representatives of African music on European stages, where she tirelessly plays her songs with Mandinka roots and universal messages. An omnipresence which did not prevent him from releasing, on Tuesday, a single in duet with the Briton Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz…) nor from publishing the clip of Takamba, which deals with violence, verbal and physical, against women. It is also Les Go de Bamako, a female group of which she is the godmother, who will provide the first part of her concerts for Africacolor.
Tuesday November 30 at the MC93, in Bobigny, and Saturday December 3 at the Maison des arts in Créteil.
“Bakunda Ulu”, by Jupiter & Okwess (Tonga Conga Amapiano Remix)
Here is another group that needs no introduction and which has conquered a large audience thanks to its frenzied fusion of Congolese rhythms, rock and funk, while allowing itself detours by Brazilian samba or the jazz of La Nouvelle -Orleans. Latest crossbreeding for Jupiter & Okwess: the amapiano sauce remix of Bakunda Ulu (a title present on the album Na Kozonga, released in 2021) by Mexican producer Raul Sotomayor aka “Tonga Conga”. As part of’Africacolor, the “rebel general” and his companions will share the stage with Kin’Gongolo Kiniata, a half-punk, half-electro band from Kinshasa – and 100% system D – like you can only find in Kinshasa.
Saturday 10 December at Espace 93, in Clichy-sous-Bois.
Find all the musical favorites of the editorial staff in the youtube playlist from World Africa.
“Borderless”: art and migrations in Aubervilliers
For those who prefer music from North Africa, here is another date to mark in your diary: Saturday, November 19 is held at the Point fort d’Aubervilliers (Seine-Saint-Denis) the second edition of the event “Borderless”. , which looks like “a platform that celebrates migrants from different backgrounds to showcase their creativity, innovation and potential”.
On the program, an award ceremony for project leaders, a debate on the theme “Art, immigration and desire for the West”, but also three concerts: first the violinist Zied Zouari and the guitarist Ghassen Fendri, both from Sfax, who will present their common EP Beb Diwan ; then the Tunisian singer, actress and poetess Nawel Ben Kraiem ; and finally the Moroccan duo Wahm, whose influences range from jazz to metal and reggae.