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2017-08-31

Afrikana Soul Sister


afro-electro-beats

Great is the power of music when honestly combined with the desire to bring people together. For Afrikana Soul Sister, the statement pretty much acts as a motto in addition to summing it all. Led by seasoned Quebec multi-instrumentalist, producer and arranger Jean-François Lemieux (Jean Leloup, Daniel Bélanger, Ariane Moffatt), and completed by Senegalese percussionist Fa Cissokho and Malian singer Djely Tapa (named Révélation CBC/Radio-Canada for the year 2019-2020 in the World Music category), the trio embodies the unclassifiable meeting of West Africa and North America in a vibrant place where tradition and the thirst to create outweigh ego. In response to the ambient individualism, the band conveys a unifying message: that of a universal humanity and openness, supported by both profound and similar values.

Delivering its unique Afro-electro music infused with percussive yet futuristic flavors, Afrikana Soul Sister is the happy collision of landscapes and people who don’t usually tend to intertwine. Most of all, it is also a reunion of brothers and sisters. Tackling the relationship with nature, strength of work, respect for elders and the beauty of life through lyrics in Mandingo and Wolof dialects, Afrikana Soul Sister manages to achieve an open yet comfortable balance between modernity and tradition. Carried by frenzied rhythmns and intoxicating grooves, the outcome is a stunning, memorable experience where one can feel the powerful complicity within the trio. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t like making good memories? Yeah. That’s what we thought.

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2021-08-29 @ 19:00    |    Festival Moisaique    |    Laval (CA)

2021-08-26 @ 19:15    |    Poisson Volant    |    Rouyn-Noranda (CA)

2020-02-15 @ 21:00    |    Théâtre National    |    Montréal ()

2019-11-08    |    Maison de la culture Claude-Léveillée    |    Montréal (CA)

2019-10-16 @ 22:10    |    Salle Desjardins-Télus    |    Rimouski ()
Vitrine/Showcase ROSEQ

2019-08-22    |    Parc West-Vancouver    |    Montréal (CA)
Les Concerts Campbell

2019-08-17    |    Congrès Mondial Acadien 2019    |    Moncton, NB (CA)    |   
L’Espace Extrême Frontière

2019-07-30    |    Parc Wilfrid-Bastien    |    Montréal (Saint-Léonard)

2019-07-28    |    Rythmes Tremblant    |    Mont-Tremblant (CA)

2019-07-25    |    Parc Connaught – Mont-Royal en Fêtes!    |    Montréal (CA)

2019-07-21    |    Dawson City Music Festival Association    |    Dawson City (YT)

2019-07-19    |    Dawson City Music Festival Association    |    Dawson City (YT)

2019-07-13    |    Shazamfest    |    Barnston-Ouest (QC)    |   

2019-07-09    |    Parc Claude-Jasmin    |    Boisbriand (CA)

2019-07-05    |    FestiVoix de Trois-Rivières    |    Trois-Rivières (QC)    |   

2019-07-02    |    Parc Kent (Côte-Des-Neiges)    |    Montreal (Qc)
Les Concerts Campbell

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2019-06-30    |    FeelsGood Folly Fest    |    Gagetown (NB)
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2019-06-28    |    FeelsGood Folly Fest    |    Gagetown (NB)
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2019-06-27    |    Parc Jarry    |    Montreal (Qc)
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avec Papagroove

2019-02-15 @ 23:30    |    Folk Alliance 2019    |    Montreal (QC)
Vitrine Folquébec Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Salle 216

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Party du Nouvel An

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2018-10-06    |    Zig’s    |    Sudbury (ON)
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2018-09-13    |    Les Jardins Gamelin    |    Montréal (QC)
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Scène Loto-Québec

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2018-08-09 @ 19:30    |    Festival Rythmes du monde    |    Chicoutimi (QC)
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2018-08-07 @ 19:30    |    Aux mardis monde    |    Gatineau (QC)
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2018-06-30    |    Festival de la Chanson de Tadoussac    |    Tadoussac (QC)
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2018-06-24 @ 21:00    |    Centre de la nature    |    Laval ()
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2018-03-10    |    Le Baril roulant    |    Val-David (QC)

2018-02-12 @ 23:00    |    L’Air du temps    |    Québec (Québec)
Vitrine de fin de soirée – Bourse RIDEAU

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2017-10-25 @ 21:30    |    Divan Orange    |    Montréal ()

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2017-08-31    |    Le Belmont    |    Montreal ()

2017-08-25    |    Les terrasses des cascades (525 Sacré-Coeur Ouest)    |    Alma (QC)

2017-08-19    |    Centre-ville de Laval    |    Laval (QC)

2017-07-21    |    Auberge La Fascine    |    Isle-aux-Coudres (QC)

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2017-07-08    |    Aux berges du Lac Castor    |    Saint-Paulin (QC)

2017-07-01    |    Savoy du Métropolis    |    Montréal (Québec)

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Great is the power of music when honestly combined with the desire to bring people together. For Afrikana Soul Sister, the statement pretty much acts as a motto in addition to summing it all. With a clear intention to bond in spite of the differences, the band fiercely holds on to its belief that, through music, barriers are being broken, physical and mental boundaries get blurred while souls and bodies come alive. Therefore, they all commit to a core word: “togetherness”, as in living together, learning together, growing together and such.

Led by seasoned Quebec multi-instrumentalist, producer and arranger Jean-François Lemieux (Jean Leloup, Daniel Bélanger, Ariane Moffatt), and completed by Senegalese percussionist Fa Cissokho and Malian singer Djely Tapa (named Révélation CBC/Radio-Canada for the year 2019-2020 in the World Music category), the trio embodies the unclassifiable meeting of West Africa and North America in a vibrant place where tradition and the thirst to create outweigh ego. In response to the ambient individualism, Afrikana Soul Sister conveys a unifying message: that of a universal humanity and openness, supported by both profound and similar values. Coupled with confidence and an appetite for mutual discovery, this inclusive philosophy brightly colors the entire project.

Delivering its unique Afro-electro music infused with percussive yet futuristic flavours, Afrikana Soul Sister is the happy collision of landscapes and people who don’t usually tend to intertwine. Most of all, it is also a reunion of brothers and sisters. Propelled by the urge to work in lockstep, it is the story of a welcoming family, which extends to all of the collaborators involved in the process of making colourful music. Including balafon and plenty of voices rising up, the Afrikana Soul Sister’s signature is definable as an intense and liberating one, comparable to craftsmanship in its essential form. Part of this proud and lively family are the musicians Sylphir Solveig, Joannie Labelle, Isabelle Delaney, Naxx, Goundo Cissokho, Ariane Moffatt, Émile Bilodeau, Donald Dogbo, Alain Bergé, Adama Daou, Assane Seck, R9 La Légende, Zal Sissokho and the Orphée quartet (Geneviève Clermont, Nathalie Duchesne, Karine Lalonde, Stéphanie Collerette) who pitch in, whether on tape or on stage.

A true transmitter of energy, the band has, since its debut, hit the stages of numerous festivals an venues — including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, FME in Abitibi-Témicasmingue, Tam Tam Macadam (Alma, Quebec), Montreal’s MEG Festival, Festival d’été de Québec, Festival international de la chanson de Granby, Festival Musique du Bout du monde (Gaspé, Quebec), Kultrun World Music Festival (Waterloo, Ontario), Northern Lights Festival Boréal (Sudbury, Ontario), Festival de la chanson de Tadoussac — in addition to being featured in the 2017 CBC/ICI Musique Top 50 Best Albums of the Year and earning nominations at the ADISQ and GAMIQ galas in the category “Album of the Year — World Music” for its namesake album.

Tackling the relationship with nature, strength of work, respect for elders and the beauty of life through lyrics in Mandingo and Wolof dialects, Afrikana Soul Sister manages to achieve an open yet comfortable balance between modernity and tradition, all this without ever distorting its key message. Carried by frenzied rhythms and intoxicating grooves, the outcome is a stunning, memorable experience where one can feel the powerful complicity within the trio. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t like making good memories? Yeah. That’s what we thought.

The three-piece band is set to release KALASÖ (which translates as “We’ll all go to class” in English), their second LP in career, in the spring of 2021.

Festival international de jazz de Montréal, FME en Abitibi-Témicasmingue, Tam Tam Macadam (Alma, QC), Festival MEG de Montréal, Festival d’été de Québec, Festival international de la chanson de Granby, Festival Musique du Bout du monde (Gaspé), Festival Rythmes du monde (Saguenay), Kultrun World Music Festival (Waterloo), Northern Lights Festival Boréal (Sudbury), Festival de la chanson de Tadoussac

2017

GAMIQ – Nomination : Album/WP World

ADISQ – Nomination : Album de l’année – Musique du monde

PRESS QUOTES

« Le quatuor mené par Djely Tapa et Jean-François Lemieux nous ont balancé un electro-house festif et ensoleillé qui n’a pas tardé à faire danser la poignée de festivaliers déjà présents et plus qu’heureux de se délier les jambes (en attendant Jain?). On a apprécié l’énergie déployée par la troupe, les pas de danse de Tapa et les riches textures qui enveloppaient la rythmique endiablée. À revoir plus longuement! » – Jacques Boivin – Écoutedonc.ca – July 9. 2018

« Tout au long du spectacle, il a été question de la fusion entre musique africaine, entendue malienne et traditionnelle, et l’electro moderne et occidental, notament via leur album Afrikana Soul SisterTapa a chanté, dansé, fait l’éloge des enfants, du Québec et du public. Ce dernier le lui a rendu.

Que vouloir de plus? » – Touki Montréal – July 3, 2018

« On imagine très bien entendre cet album dans une boîte de nuit tellement ses 11 morceaux arrivent à installer une ambiance endiablée dès Mayébo, la première pièce. Même en tentant d’en faire une écoute passive, il est impossible de ne pas se laisser entraîner par les musiques métissées d’Afrikana Soul Sister. En somme, il s’agit d’un solide disque où les irrésistibles rythmes groovy font vibrer tout le corps et ne nous quittent… peut-être jamais. » – François Marchesseault – Ici Musique

Jean-François Lemieux (production)
Fa Cissokho (percussions/dance)
Joannie Labelle (djembe, congas, bongos, darbouka)
Djely Tapa (vocals/dance)

Management

Jean-François Lemieux
514-292-1625
jivyjeff@hotmail.com

Label

Les Faux-Monnayeurs
Julie Desjardins
514-312-7142
julie@coopfauxmonnayeurs.com

Booking

Les Faux-Monnayeurs
Patrick Nadon
514 312-7142
booking@coopfauxmonnayeurs.com

Promotion & communication

Les Faux-Monnayeurs
Émilie Asselin
514 312-7142
promotion@coopfauxmonnayeurs.com