World: For its 34th edition, the Africolor Festival famous for more living music than ever

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The Africolor festival, which is held until December 24 in Île-de-France, gives itself a mission: to present, to discover and celebrate a huge continent more alive than ever culturally. With, also, a political role to play.

  Pour sa 34e édition, le festival Africolor célèbre des musiques plus vivantes que jamais © supplied by Franceinfo

when we talk about Africa, it is obvious: "There are 54 countries, an infinity of musical creations and musical genres". The one who speaks thus, E n traveling The Africolor program, it is Sébastien Lagrave, director of the festival, who realizes the work accomplished in 34 editions. Alongside the recognized names that Fatoumata Diawara, Jupiter & Okwess or Baskou Kouyaté are, we discover the beating heart of Congolese, Malian, Comorian or Senegalese music, like the young star samba little.

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Historically linked to Seine-Saint-Denis but with concerts in four neighboring departments, Africolor also assumes a political role, with for example a creation around Lalla Fadhma N'Soumer, a young Kabyle having faced French colonization in Algeria in Algeria century. Culture as a means of remembering. Sébastien Lagrave insists: "For us it is a question of showing and hearing the history and the memories of those who came there a long time ago, these Malians, these Senegalese; their children are fully French and we is seen over the years that they did not know their own history which is also our history, because the African independence of the 1960s are also the story of a relationship with France, always present and sometimes complicated. This work that does not have time to do, cannot or did not want to do National Education ".

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We are artistic because politics, and politics because artistic

Sébastien Lagrave, director of the Africolor

festival and as an echo, from Africa today emerge many female projects, driven by Africolor, whether Senegalese rappers Def Maa Maa Def, the Malian group Go Bamako or the player of Kora Sona Jobarteh, all present at the festival this year. "With a partner in Bamako, we have created a training structure so that they can have access to the instruments and in particular to the Djing, explains the director of the festival. This is where the Go de Bamako was born and, in D ' Other capitals of the continent, we have also had these training courses for women for ten years. They necessarily emerge on the stages of festivals, they are not only singers but appropriate all means of production ".

If the world music industry is leaning towards Nigeria or South Africa, we will certainly never have finished exploring the musical riches of a separate continent.

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