Papagroove and Seba et Horg, GAMIQ winners
The Association de la musique indépendante du Québec held its annual gala event, the GAMIQ , last night, in Downtown Montreal’s Café Campus. Congratulations toPapagroove and Seba et Horg who both left with an award.
Kudos also to Les Tireux d’Roches, Nomadic Massive and Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire who had also received nods during this celebration of all Quebec independant music.
PAPAGROOVE – World album of the year – The Hunt
With its high-energy afro-funk fusion influenced by Fela Kuti’s politicized afrobeat, Parliament ’s clever groovy funk, James Brown ’s passionate soul flavour, Bruno Mars ’ bubbly pop sound and Jimi Hendrix ’s rock intensity, Papagroove is easily recognizable on stage by its raw spirit, its mastery of improvisation and its explosive presence . Born to be wild and free, the band is yet again ready to surprise us. The indomitable beast puts itself in the hunter’s boots with its 3 rd album The Hunt.
SEBA ET HORG – Song of the Year – Vintage à l’os
Ever since the track was released to the world, Vintage à l’os , Seba et Horg ‘s brilliant hommage to 90s rap québ and the pre-Internet era, has caught many ears and hearts. Propelled by the success of its music video (more than 2 millions online views), Vintage à l’os’ infectious hooks have also spun on many Quebec radios.
The single can be found on the band’s LP Grosso-Modo, released in February.
Tarmacadam is a nod to the extensive travelling the group has done over two decades—landing in multiple destinations in the vast international world music network. The album showcases both original compositions and reworkings of music from traditional French and Québécois repertoire. Produced by Davy Hay Gallant , Tarmacadam is a notable return to the band’s musical roots while highlighting the tightly woven orchestrations and musicality of its members: Denis Massé (vocals, accordions), Dominic Lemieux (guitar, bouzouki, vocals), David Robert(percussions, vocals), Pascal « Per » Veillette (guitar, harmonica, podorythmie & vocals) et Luc Murphy (flute, alto flute, piccolo, baritone saxophone & vocals).
NOMADIC MASSIVE – nomination, Music video of the Year – Rap N Roll
The music video for Rap N’ Roll was directed by Adam Boutlidja and produced by Romeo & Fils , was nominated for Music Video of the Year . This anthemic and in-your-face track is a call for self-emancipation can be found on the Nomadic Massive’s The Big Bang Theory(2016).
The video features the main members of the band Meryem, Lou Piensa, Tali, Butta Beats, Waahli et Ali Sepulveda as the main protagonists. We see them being prisoners of this 9 to 5 routine, dreaming of a more fulfilling life. At the end, they break their precious chains that represented security and are ready to face the risks that come with their desired freedom.
Viens avec moi , Les Hotesses d’Hilaire ‘s larger-than-life rock opera, is a critical work, questioning the notions of success, authenticity and commercial exploitation, against a backdrop of psychedelic rock.
It was released on the L-A Be – Let Artists Be label.
It tells the parallel stories of an Acadian underground music group and a young man participating in a musical reality show. The story is located in Tracadie, on the Acadian Peninsula, in New Brunswick. Tracadie, the vice city of the Peninsula. A city frozen in time, where everything is allowed. A place that doesn’t obey to society’s norms.
The scenic version, directed by le Théâtre du futur , has been presented in five sold-out venues. To be continued..