Each Wednesday, The World Africa presents three musical novelties from or inspired by the continent. This week, exceptionally, we are interested in a festival, Autumn Zebra Stripes, which takes place from September 23 to October 3 in Limoges (France) and whose programming is focused on Africa.
On the menu, exhibitions, dance, theater, circus, puppets, readings, stories, film screenings… and of course concerts. On the stage of the Marceau barracks will perform in particular the Congolese Ray Lema, the Moroccans of Bab L’Bluz, the Burkinabé rapper Smockey… but also the Ivorian bassist Manou Gallo, the Franco-Ghanaian group Ah! Kwantou and Beninese singer Perrine Fifadji. Presentations.
In 2013, the magazine Forbes Africa ranked him among the top ten bassists in Africa. Born in Ivory Coast in 1972, Manou Gallo already has a rich career behind her, who has seen her play within the group Zap Mama or Tambours de Brazza, but also alongside Ray Lema, Manu Dibango, Wyclef Jean , Marcus Miller… Since 2003, she has recorded four albums under her name, the last of which, Afro Groove Queen, was released in 2018. On stage, accompanied by three other musicians (drums, guitar, keyboards), her energy should not leave limougeaud spectators unmoved.
Wednesday September 23 at 9 p.m.
Ghanaian singer and guitarist Kyekyeku (pronounced “tchetchekou”) has collaborated with Cape Verdean Mayra Andrade and Cameroonian Blick Bassy and has played in ten countries, from Morocco to South Africa via Montreux. Jazz Festival, Switzerland. Now based in France, in the Landes, he forms the group Ah! Kwantou with Paul Vernheres (guitar), Thierry Faroppa (percussions), Kevin Bucket (bass) and Fred Faure (drums), a quintet that sails “Between African folk, blues and Caribbean music”. In Limoges, he will be joined by a brass section.
Saturday September 26 at 10 p.m.
Beninese born in Congo-Brazzaville and arrived in France at the age of 10, Perrine Fifadji first sang in the Bordeaux collective Aspo, a mix of ska-jazz and rock-steady, before becoming interested in music. dance and create or participate in shows bringing body and voice into dialogue, in particular a Franco-Wolof opera written by the Senegalese Boubacar Boris Diop. Author of two albums, Awada Kpè Kpè (2011) and A drop of water (2019), she sings in French, Fon, Lingala, Wolof and Malagasy, surrounded by Rija Randrianivosoa (guitar), Ersoj Kazimov (percussions) and Grégoire Catelin (bass).
Wednesday, September 30 at 6:30 p.m.