Who said that to travel, you have to leave your city? Montreal is full of exotic activities that allow you to discover new cultures when time or money doesn’t allow you to go very far.
So, with curiosity and pleasure, I went to the Festival International Nuits d’Afrique’s 25th edition for the first time.
My first stop was the official opening concert starring Manu Dibango & le Soul Makossa Gang.
Marianne Aya Omac, with her particular style that includes trumpet noises made with her mouth, warmed up the crowd before the arrival of the legend. The show brought together people of all cultures who all appreciated Dibango’s original yet accessible music. It was definitely a show to dance at, with a smile on your face!
I also went to Madjo’s concert at the Cabaret du Mile-End on July 18, which was my favourite of the festival. Madjo is endearing and extremely talented and is accompanied by musicians who are too. She switches from French to English songs with ease and her style is that of an international star.
Something that was particularly impressive was that a lot of the beats were in fact only the work of a beatboxer. It was so impressive that you really thought it was a drum! In the second half of the show, the band jammed for a bit, and you could have thought there were 15 musicians on stage when there were only four!
The festival also offered outdoors programming at the Parterre du Quartier des Spectacles. While the site is surrounded by construction, when you arrived, it was like another world. Restaurants offered Caribbean and African food, there was an arts & crafts market and everything was thought for the attendees’ experience. I went to a capoeria class on a weekday in the middle of the heat wave and there were so many people on site! Definitely a fun addition to the festival!
I will certainly go back next year to make new discoveries. You?
Blogger : Béatrice B.Poulin
Who said that to travel, you have to leave your city? Montreal is full of exotic activities that allow you to discover new cultures when time or money doesn’t allow you to go very far...