Festival International de Louisiane 2016 [fr]

The French Consulate in Louisiana wishes a happy 30-year anniversary to the Festival International de Louisiane.

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The 30th edition of the biggest francophone festival in the US will showcase some of the most talented and influential artists in the world, coming from Burundi, Congo, France (notably Martinique and Guadeloupe), Canada, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi, among others.

With the support of the Institut Français and a renewed collaboration with the cultural services of the Consulate General of France in Louisiana, several francophone artists will be giving exceptional performances.

Performances Not to Be Missed:

CharlElie Couture

French musician and prolific composer, CharlElie Couture, has recorded 23 albums and has performed 1,500 concerts worldwide.

He has also published fifteen books of his thoughts, drawings, and photos. Couture is a worldwide sensation in Francophone music and will be a show not to miss.

To attain his long-time dream of recording in Louisiana, he collaborated with a lineup of A-List musicians from Lafayette such as Zachary Richard, Louis Michot, Julie Williams, Charlene Howard, Chris Stafford, Hayden Talley, Roy Durand, and many more, who will join him on stage during this very special performance. 

An evening with CharlElie Couture and Louisiana Special Guests
April 21st, 9:45 to 11pm
http://lineup.festivalinternational.org/band/an-evening

You can find out more about CharlElie Couture on his official website and follow him on Facebook.

You can also check out interviews with CharlElie on his recording sessions in Lafayette.

Don’t miss these clips of his new album:
Un jour Les Anges
Debout dans la boue

Delgres

Based in Guadeloupe, the band retrieves the memory of their late ancestors by songs that relay the feelings of repression and exile that their ancestors faced during a time of revolution and war.

Their music is a mix of blended songs, dances, and the tears of the long lost drifting souls of New Orleans that have their audiences unable to stand still, so they dance!

The band freely sails from Pointe-à-Pitre to Congo Square, from Lafayette to Basse Terre, all under the Caribbean stars that guide them.

Delgrès is a part of this year’s Creole artist’s residency, L’Union Créole.

Delgras - Tour Stops in Louisiana
April 22, 2016 - 5:45-7:00pm @ Festival International de Louisiane, Lafayette
April 22, 2016 - 11pm – DELGRES @ Blue Moon, Lafayette
April 23, 2016 - 5:45-7pm @ Festival International de Louisiane, Lafayette
April 24, 2016 - 2:45-3:45pm @ Festival International de Louisiane, Lafayette
April 24, 2016 - 10pm with Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots @ Chickie Wah Wah, New Orleans
April 29, 2016 - 10pm with Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots @ Blue Moon, Lafayette
April 30, 2016 - 2:55-4pm with Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots @ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans

L’Union Créole

The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park and the Consulate General of France in New Orleans with the support of the Festival International de Louisiane and the Louisiana State Museum, teamed up to present a Creole Music Residency, featuring prominent musicians from the Caribbean paired with several Louisiana musicians, who perform and write music in the Creole French language.

This primary impetus to host a Creole residency is to pair Louisiana musicians, who speak and write music in fluent Creole, with musicians from Guadeloupe and Martinique, where Creole is a primary language.

Pascal Danaë, Dédé St Prix, Cedric Watson, Leyla McCalla and Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots will gather from April 17 to 30th to present L’Union Créole.

L’Union was the first African American owned newspaper in the South dedicated to ending slavery and the oppression of black people.

L’Union Créole will perform educational programs to New Orleans French Immersion schools focusing on traditional songs and original compositions sung entirely in the Creole language. All educational performances will be free and open to the public.

Technical assistance to make this residency possible is provided by the National Council for Traditional Arts.

L’Union Créole - Performances and educational program
April 20, 2016 – 10am – Educational program @ Acadian Cultural Center (501 Fisher Road, Lafayette)
April 21st, 2016 – 2pm – L’Union Créole, Creole music concert @ Vermilionville Performance Center (300 Fisher Road, Lafayette)
April 23rd, 2016 – 9:15-10:30pm – L’Union Créole concert @ Festival International de Louisiane
April 26, 2016 – 2pm – L’Union Créole concert @ Old US Mint (400 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans)
April 27, 2016 – 11am – Educational program @ Old US Mint
April 27, 2016 – 2pm – L’Union Créole concert @ Old US Mint
April 28, 2016 – 11am – Educational program @ Old US Mint
April 28, 2016 – 2pm – L’Union Créole concert @ Old US Mint
April 29, 2016 – 11am – Educational program @ Old US Mint
April 29, 2016 – 2pm – L’Union Créole concert @ Jean Lafitte NHP & Preserve Headquarters (419 Decatur St, New Orleans)
April 30, 2016 – 2pm – L’Union Créole concert @ Jean Lafitte NHP & Preserve Headquarters (419 Decatur St, New Orleans)

Tarace Boulba

A resonant and colorful troupe of twenty-five musicians transporting a pandemonium of original compositions, a team of drummers, stickitstes, percussions, trumpeters, trombonists, saxophonists, clarinets, souba, tuba, and voice.

All contagious, shouting loudly to promote a dancing spirit, that of an evolving collaboration of musicians dedicated to the commandments of live performance.

Upcoming performances by Tarace Boulba
April 22, 2016 - 9:15-10:30pm @ Festival International de Louisiane, Lafayette
April 23, 2016 - 11:30am-12:15pm @ Festival International de Louisiane, Lafayette
April 23, 2016 – 8:30-9:45pm @ Festival International de Louisiane, Lafayette
April 26, 2016 @ Carver Theater with Landry Walker High School, New Orleans
April 28, 2016 @ Blue Nile, Frenchmen St., New Orleans
April 29, 2016 – with Tank & the Bangas and Glen Davis Andrew @ Botanical Garden, City Park, New Orleans
May 1st, 2016 @ Blue Nile, Frenchmen St., New Orleans

Dédé Saint Prix

If the Ministry of Education has lost an eminent teacher, Martinique music gained an ambassador.

Chronicler of the social, moralistic or fabulist, his thirty-one albums show a vitality that has spread Martinican musical culture worldwide: bèlè, chouval bwa, zouk, beguine ...

Dede Saint Prix demonstrates his knowledge of Caribbean music, which combines gwoka from Guadeloupe, Haitian kompa, and other Cuban or Puerto Rican sounds ...

Upcoming appearances by Dédé Saint Prix
April 22, 2016 – 10-11am @ Festival International de Louisiane, Lafayette
April 22, 2016 – 6:15-7:30pm @ Festival International de Louisiane, Lafayette
April 23, 2016 - 5:45-7pm @ Festival International de Louisiane, Lafayette
April 24, 2016 – 2:10-3:10 @ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans
April 29, 2016 – 11am - workshop @ Old US Mint

Harmonouche

French-New Orleans Gypsy traditional jazz band Harmonouche is a three-year-old quartet and a new addition to the local music scene.

Harmonouche is quickly experiencing strong interest amongst music lovers and dancers for its fun, fresh and creative interpretations.

Their music is loaded with charisma, world class musicianship and a good dose of humor. The band delivers a unique sound orchestrated with jazz guitar, diatonic harmonica, singing, whistling, and lip trumpeting, accordion, piano, clarinet and stand up bass.

Immersion Schools are Included in this Year’s Festivals, Too!

Zachary Richard’s "Les Etoiles de l’Immersion"

Thanks to a continuing grant from the Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques, Zachary Richard will present his project featuring songs performed by French Immersion students.

This is a project rich and varied just like the French Immersion experience itself. The songs speak of identity and look at life from the point of view of young students. They are proof of the vitality of the French language in Louisiana and the promise it holds for the future.

They will be joined on stage with children from Ecole Sarrault in Martinique collaborating with students from Myrtle Place Elementary, with an exceptional participation of Martinican artist Dédé St Prix. 

Lycée Français at Jazz Fest

For the first time ever, the music class of the Lycée Français of New Orleans will appear at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, under the direction of their music teacher, Pascal Valcasara.

The Consulate General of France in Louisiana wishes them a great concert!

You can also see Pascal Valcasara onstage at the Festival International of Louisiana in Lafayette with the Francophone group, Harmonouche.

Complete List of Francophone Artists at Festival International

You can access a full line-up of the festival at their website

Alpha Blondy (Ivory Coast)
A-Wa (Israel)
Boogat (Quebec/Mexico)
Burundi Drummers (Burundi)
CharlElie Couture w/ special guests (France/Louisiana)
Chic Gamine (Winnipeg)
Choro das 3 (Brazil)
Cimarron (Columbia)
Daby Touré (Mali/Mauritania)
Dédé St. Prix (Martinique)
Delgres / Pascal Danaë (France/Guadeloupe)
Flying Balalaika Brothers (Russia)
Garifuna Collective w/ Umalali (Belize)
Harmonouche (France/Louisiana)
Les Hostesses d’laire w/ Pascal Lejeune (New Brunswick)
Leyla McCalla (Haïti)
Lo’Jo (France)
Pierre Kwenders (Congo/Quebec)
Les Poules à Colin (Québec)
Riyaaz (India/Pakistan/Afganistan)
Rocky Dawuni (Ghana)
Tarace Boulba (France)
L’Union Créole (Guadeloupe/Haiti/Louisiana) – residence créole
Vishten (Prince Edward)
The Waifs (Australia)

Allons à Lafayette, les amis !

Last modified on 20/04/2016

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