Afrikana Soul Sister

Afrikana Soul Sister fuses the distinct sound production of Jean-François Lemieux with the untamed percussions works of Joannie Labelle and Fa Cissokho as well as Djely Tapa‘s voice. This quartet delivers a refresh organic-electro-afro-house sound where polychrome ambiances are artfully welded together on laptop with authentic African musical roots.

An eponymous album was released in April 2017. It garnered the band two nominations: ADISQ – World Album of the Year; GAMIQ – Album/EP World.

Latest News

2018-06-07

Let’s Summer!

2018-03-22

Afrikana Soul Sister at the Northern Lights Festival Boréal in July

Afrikana Soul Sister  will bring their groove to Sudbury this summer! The band will set this Northern Ontario city ablaze with its powerful electro afro house beats as part of the fabulous Northern Lights Festival Boréal in July. Afrikana Soul […]

2018-10-06    |    Zig’s    |    Sudbury (ON)    |   
Entrée libre

2018-11-09    |    À VENIR    |    Plus de détails seront bientôt annoncés (CA)

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2018-09-13    |    Les Jardins Gamelin    |    Montréal (QC)
Spectacle gratuit

2018-09-01 @ 14:00    |    MondoKarnaval    |    Québec (QC)

2018-08-24 @ 20:00    |    Festival international de la chanson de Granby    |    Granby (Québec)
Spectacle – Musique de notre monde Artistes variés

2018-08-13 @ 21:00    |    Place des Gens de mer – Parc extérieur    |    Cap-aux-Meules (QC)
avec The Brooks En cas de pluie, remis au 14

2018-08-11 @ 16:30    |    Festival Musique du bout du monde    |    Gaspé (QC)
Scène Loto-Québec

2018-08-10 @ 23:30    |    Le Brise-Bise    |    Gaspé ()
Festival Musique du bout du monde

2018-08-09 @ 19:30    |    Festival Rythmes du monde    |    Chicoutimi (QC)
Scène Loto-Québec – Rue Racine Spectacle gratuit pour le public

2018-08-08 @ 19:30    |    Marina de l’Escale    |    Lachine (QC)

2018-08-07 @ 19:30    |    Aux mardis monde    |    Gatineau (QC)
Concert gratuit

2018-07-14    |    Kultrun World Music Festival    |    Waterloo (ON)

2018-07-08 @ 18:00    |    Festival d’été de Québec    |    Québec (CA)
Place D’Youville. Scène Hydro-Québec. Gratuit. Laissez-passer suggéré.

2018-07-06    |    Northern Lights Festival Boréal    |    Sudbury (ON)

2018-07-05    |    Northern Lights Festival Boréal    |    Sudbury (ON)

2018-07-02 @ 22:00    |    Festival international de jazz de Montréal    |    Montréal (QC)
Scène Du Monde – Electropikal (Petit Parterre, angle boul. De Maisonneuve et Clark) Gratuit / Free

2018-07-01    |    Festival de la Chanson de Tadoussac    |    Tadoussac (QC)
Site Belle Gueule (Auberge de jeunesse)

2018-06-30    |    Festival de la Chanson de Tadoussac    |    Tadoussac (QC)
Site Belle Gueule (Auberge de jeunesse)

2018-06-24 @ 21:00    |    Centre de la nature    |    Laval ()
Spectacle de la Fête nationale à Laval Événement gratuit et ouvert à tous

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

2017-12-10 @ 21:00    |    Divan Orange    |    Montréal ()

2017-12-08 @ 23:00    |    Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault    |    St-Jérôme (QC)
Après le concert de Daniel Bélanger Entrée libre

2017-12-02 @ 23:00    |    Broue pub et restaurant Le Trou du diable    |    Shawinigan (QC)
Entrée libre. Formule DJ suite au concert de Daniel Bélanger.

2017-11-22 @ 21:30    |    Divan Orange    |    Montréal ()

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

2017-09-02    |    Grande scène extérieure Desjardins    |    Rouyn-Noranda (QC)

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)

2017-07-09    |    Parc Woodyatt – Grand théâtre    |    Drummondville (QC)

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

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

2017-06-30    |    Savoy du Métropolis    |    Montréal (Québec)

2017-06-29    |    Savoy du Métropolis    |    Montréal (Québec)

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It is a known universal truth that music brings people together. It builds relationships and creates connections regardless of sex, ethnicity, creed or colour. Montreal based Afrikana Soul Sister holds this truth to be self evident. It is a musical voyage from Africa to America, where deep rooted traditions meet modern sounds.

This adventure is guided by Jean-François Lemieux’s arrangement of electronic beats and basslines. He is joined by Djely Tapa on vocals, Joannie Labelle and Fa Cissokho on percussions. “In today’s divided world, it’s important for us to carry the message that no matter what our differences may be, we are all human beings sharing similar values” explains Lemieux, who has collaborated with some of Quebec’s biggest names in music including: Daniel Bélanger, Jean Leloup, Kevin Parent and Ariane Moffatt.

Lemieux, who has been involved in the music industry since he was 15, explains: “I wanted to put together a musical project with a deeper spiritual dimension”. A trip in Western Africa as well as a collaboration with world renowned musician Youssou N’Dour, inspired Lemieux to take a deeper interest in African music. He discovered that beneath it’s hypnotic cadence, there are traditions thousands of years old. «In the African-griot culture, music plays a social role that transcends the concept of the star system found in North America.”

Back in Montreal, he sought out musicians of the African diaspora to better understand the hidden meanings beneath the traditional rhythms. During this journey he met vocalist Djely Tapa, a seventh generation Malian griote looking to modernize her art. “In African society, the child of a griot is destined to be the ears, counsellor, mediator and the collective memory of a community. Through music and dance the traditions is kept alive. However, one must adapt to today’s realities in order to reach the people”, she explains.

Thus, Afrikana Soul Sister manages to achieve a balance between openness and tradition without distorting the message. The Music then becomes a medium of exchange between two worlds. “Our songs touch on a variety of subjects, such as: our relationship with nature, the importance of hard work and the beauty of life. Values often neglected in modern society” says Lemieux.

The result is a hard driving mix of unbridled rhythms, palpable energy, an obvious complicity between band-members and an omnipresent message of social responsibility. This is a successful formula for the band. Their self-titled first album released in 2017, found itself on French CBC’s ICI Musique’s top 50 best albums of the year. The group was also nominated at the ADISQ and GAMIQ galas.

Afrikana Soul Sister’s live performances is where the magic happens. “Audience members can really feel the band’s essence during the shows, says Djely Tapa. “We believe our message can be understood beyond the songs’ words and dialects. It’s a privileged moment that allows us to free ourselves of prejudices, in order to live a positive and communal experience” adds the griot.

It’s no wonder that Afrikana Soul Sister has set so many festival stages ablaze throughout Quebec. The band is now ready to conquer the rest of the world. To be continued!

The album Afrikana Soul Sister is available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and Bandcamp.

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)

EPK (pdf)

Biography

Press Photo (Credit: Mélanie Ladouceur)

Technical rider on demand

Management

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

Label

Audiogram
514 285-4453 poste 242
communication@audiogram.com

Booking

Les Faux-Monnayeurs
Patrick Nadon
(514) 312-7412
booking@coopfauxmonnayeurs.com

Publicist

Audiogram
Léandre Guimond
514 285-4453 poste 242
communication@audiogram.com

Show Promotion

Audiogram
Mélissa Thibodeau
514 312-7142 x 206
promotion@coopfauxmonnayeurs.com