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Youssoupha Boma Yé Return to Kinshasa

What goes through the mind of an artist just one hour before he steps on stage to perform a concert that has enormous significance for him? Stress, tension and doubts turn this moment into an intense and unique instant that encourages introspection and self-examination… On June 1st, Youssoupha was returning to the Congo to give his first concert in Kinshasa, where he was born in 1979, and which he had to leave at the age of 10… This is the film’s point of departure. This documentary turns the spotlight on French rap artist Youssoupha, filmed during the unique moment of his return to the capital, Kinshasa. It’s an intimate journey tracing his childhood,...

Lindigo at the TEAT Champ Fleuri, Saint Denis

It’s now patently obvious: Lindigo is the embodiment of the new funky generation of Maloya. Beyond the cane fields the world is opening up to this avant-garde artist. The message is clear: in the very near future, they will be talking about Maloya like they talk about reggae, samba or afro-beat: a musical genre born some place, not accidently (but linked to a history and a territory), destined to shake the heads and the legs of the entire world. Lindigo’s music is a genuine invitation to travel… from the heart of Reunion, via the Grande Ile and the inevitable Africa, right to the shores of India, musical influences flow into each other to reveal a...

Christine Salem At the TEAT Champ Fleuri, Saint Denis

With her boyish manner, street accent and her high-top sneakers, Christine Salem looks more like a young hip-hop hope from Harlem than a singer of traditional music from La Réunion. She is one of the rare female voices of Maloya, the blues that has been passed down from the slaves. She is also one of the most unexpected, with her deep, androgynous timbre, her bewitching flow and her lyrics brimming with a furious bitterness. “Maloya is not just folklore in a big Haitian dress,” claims the forty-year-old with the insolent gaze, “It’s a music of its own, modern, that carries the message of our claims to identity.” Musicians Christine Salem Ary...