Festival International Nuits d’Afrique

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Since 1987, editions of the Festival International Nuits d’Afrique follow without ever look … Each one with its endearing charm and so special. Remaining at the forefront of the promotion and artistic creativity, International Nuits d’Afrique Festival annually deploys a wide range of mixed talents here and across the ocean from Africa , the Caribbean and Latin America. Encouraging the best of traditional and modern repertoires, the International Nuits d’Afrique Festival has kept the authentic character, the spirit of family and magical party, especially the passion for beautiful music that earned him a standing ovation every summer to a loyal and ever-growing audience. Each year, 13 days flavored with spicy delights of the South!


All the big names of the international world stage have gone through the Festival … Youssou N’Dour ( Senegal ), Alpha Blondy ( Ivory Coast) , Ballets Africans ( Guinea ) , Miriam Makeba (South Africa) , Omar Sosa ( Cuba) , Papa Wemba ( Zaire), Femi Kuti (Nigeria), Habib Koité ( Mali ), Ricardo Lemvo (Zaire / Cuba) , Wasis Diop ( Senegal ) , Sierra Maestra (Cuba) , Ismael Lo ( Senegal ) , Cheb Mami ( Algeria ), Geoffrey Oryema (Uganda) , Positive Black Soul ( Senegal ) , Angelique Kidjo ( Benin ) , Funk’N’Lata (Brazil) , Amadou and Mariam ( Mali ), Ray Lema (Rep. Dem . Congo ) , Baaba Maal ( Senegal ) , Orquesta Sensacion (Cuba) , Mahlathini and Mahotella Queens (South Africa) , Tiken Jah Fakoly ( Ivory Coast) … and more. Then Manu Dibango ( Cameroon ) , Youssou N’Dour ( Senegal ) , Miriam Makaba (South Africa) , Papa Wemba (DR Congo) , Mory Kante and Alpha Blondy ( Guinea ) have meanwhile proudly wore the colors accepting to be godfather.

Each year, the International Nuits d’Afrique Festival also devotes a significant portion of its programming to local artists , special ambassadors of their cultural backgrounds. For the International Nuits d’Afrique festival , it is also the development and promotion of these talented artists … Assar Santana (Brazil / Mtl) , Oumar Ndiaye ( Guinea / Qc ) , Salaam ( Morocco / Mtl ) Lorraine Klaasen (South / Mtl Africa ), Harold Faustin ( Haiti / Mtl) , Syncope ( Algeria / Mtl) , Jab Jab ( Trinidad / Mtl) , Madou Diarra ( Mali / Mtl ), Alpha Yaya Diallo ( Guinea / CB ) … are examples of these local artists have evolved on festival stages , inside , in the first part of the show or the intimate scene Balattou Club , mythical nights Montreal , nerve center of the Festival and nest discovered exceptional … but also outside , for several years on the big stage of Emilie -Gamelin square , in front of nearly 8000 people each time . Then since 2011 , the Parterre du Quartier des spectacles , a site that can accommodate a growing number of festival-goers during the four days of the outer portion . Shows that have certainly served as a springboard for their careers !

Its ” big events ” honoring artists whose international reputation is second to none , with its ” encounters of cultures” original and charming , combining singers and musicians of African descent with others Western culture (Marie- Denise Pelletier Brothers Guissé, Geneviève Paris and Assar Santana, Bob Walsh and Boubacar Traoré, Sylvie Tremblay and Coco M’Bassi , Michel Cusson and Awana , Bob Brozman , Moussa Diawara Djelli and René Lacaille … ) evenings by “discoveries” allowing young talent here and elsewhere to go to meet a motley wide open public their cultural horizons through its ” selections ” encored artists and the public also (and especially ) by the constant festive atmosphere prevailing at the sites, the International Nuits d’Afrique Festival has managed to forge a prominent place on the international music market in the world, with an annual programming desired , judicious and well-balanced.

Since its debut in 1987 Balattou Club , the event has continued to grow . So much so that in 1988 , Lamine Touré , President and founder and artistic director of the festival, decided to incorporate a company ( Productions Nuits d’Afrique ) related to the Festival and magnifying its activities throughout the year . Success requires the free outdoor portion was created in 1990 on the boulevard St-Laurent, between Marie- Anne and Mont- Royal. First day , then two and three years from … Dozens of artists succeeding the day on a free site that combines typical merchants as workshops and dance and percussion , to the delight of all festival large and small … and the growing popularity of the festival sight of an eye, the outer portion moved in 1995 to Emilie -Gamelin instead , a site that can accommodate more than 8,000 people at a time. Then in 2011, the Parterre du Quartier des spectacles , allowing more than 100,000 festival-goers to come and experience Nuits d’Afrique in the heart of downtown .

Meanwhile, to support the warm Balattou Club , Festival , evolving , also invaded its usability largest halls in the city in which the organizers managed to carry the sun these Nuits d’Afrique

In March 2005, then in 2007, the International Nuits d’Afrique Festival was awarded the Grand Prix du Tourisme Québécois for the Montreal region – category ” Festival and tourism event – operating income of $ 1 million and less budget .” A distinction which recognizes the participation of some 20% of tourists who visit each year the event.