Music and contemporary art in Paris, literature in Montreal: the cultural agenda of “World Africa”

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Every Friday, the cultural agenda of “World Africa” ​​offers activities to follow or do on the continent, in France or elsewhere in the world.

  • On the route of African music in the Paris region

For its 33e edition, Africolor, the nomadic festival of African music, offers an irresistible program mixing headliners, discoveries and new encounters at the crossroads of North and South.

Several “great masters” are expected, such as the heir to the “afrobeat”, the Nigerian Femi Kuti, who will perform with his eldest son, Made Kuti on November 18 in Gonesse (95); the Malian master of the kora, Ballaké Sissoko, on stage solo and with some guests including Oxmo Puccino and his compatriot Lansiné Kouyaté on December 3 in Créteil (94); the Ethiopian singer and pianist Girma Bèyènè back after a silence of twenty years and surrounded by young French musicians on November 13 in Nanterre (92); or the friends of Super Mama Djombo, a music group from Guinea-Bissau who marked the years 1960-1980 before being immortalized in the novel The big ones, by Sylvain Prudhomme, in concert on December 18 in Montreuil (93).

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The program also aims to highlight musicians who “Break the doors and codes of current African music”. Among them, the Go de Bamako, presented as the first « Girls Band Malien » (December 3 in Evry and December 4 in Clichy-sous-Bois (93)) and the self-proclaimed “multi-timbrée” French vocalist Leïla Martial whose collaboration with body-percussionist Rémi Leclerc promises to be one of the highlights of the festival. Their project “ÄKÄ, FREE VOICES OF FOREST” was born from a common passion for polyphonic songs Aka, these Pygmies of the Congo who maintain the tradition of walking while singing like their ancestors. On stage, November 12 in Fontenay-sous-Bois (94), Leïla Martial, Rémi Leclerc, singers from the Congolese forest and other artists will share with the public the fruit of their meeting.

Festival Africolor, in Ile-de-France, from November 12 to December 22, 2021.

More information : www.africolor.com

  • Stroll through the aisles of the AKAA Fair in Paris

After a summer edition in Lyon, the AKAA African Art and Design Fair (for « Also Know As Africa ») returns to the Carreau du Temple in central Paris (3e arrondissement). Forty international galleries (six of which exhibit online) based in Europe and on the continent and representing 133 artists are participating in this sixth edition intended for professionals, collectors and lovers of contemporary art.

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Among the regular exhibitors are the Magnin-A galleries (Paris) and THK Gallery (Cape Town). They will be alongside, among others, newcomers such as the Rhizome gallery (Algiers) which promotes emerging artists, in particular from Algeria and its diaspora, and the BKhz gallery, founded in 2018 in Johannesburg by the artist Banele Khoza, born in 1994 in Swaziland, and whose watercolor drawings question intimacy, identity and gender. The “Akaa Meetings” also offer a series of lectures, screenings, performances and readings around the theme “A rebrousse-temps”.

Akaa, Art and Design Fair of Africa and its Diasporas in Paris, until November 14, 2021.

All the program on: akaafair.com

  • In town or online, the Montreal Book Fair

After the virtual edition of 2020, the Montreal Book Fair is back with a hybrid formula that combines online events and in several places in the city from November 13, before four days of meetings and signings at the Palais des congrès du November 25 to 28.

A major literary event for French-speaking letters, the Montreal Book Fair is unfolding this year around five major themes “to meet …”: tomorrow, ideas, elsewhere, the other, Montreal and its quarters.

The authors of the African diaspora will be numerous. Among them, the Canadian writer of Congolese origin Blaise Ndala, who received the Ahmadou-Kourouma Prize and the Ivory Prize for his latest novel, In the belly of the Congo, published in France by Editions du Seuil and in Quebec by Éditions Mémoire Encrier. The author will be on the stand of the publishing house founded by Rodney-Saint-Eloi on November 27 and 28, and will share his “Literary prescriptions” Saturday afternoon.

44e edition of the Montreal Book Fairl in town, at the Palais des congrès and online, from November 13 to 28, 2021.

The full program: www.salondulivredemontreal.com

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Music and contemporary art in Paris, literature in Montreal: the cultural agenda of “World Africa”

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