Nuits d’Afrique 2021 reveals its lineup

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Nuits d'Afrique
Photo graciously offered by Nuits d'Afrique Productions

Nuits d’Afrique just revealed the program of its 2021 edition. From 6 to 18 July, more than twenty bands and artists will perform on many stages (including three indoor venues), spreading world music to the Montrealers. Bal de l’Afrique Enchantée, Clerel, Trio Kora and more are confirmed for the festival’s 35th anniversary. Here is all you need to know about the Nuits d’Afrique lineup.

With the help of Canadian R&B singer-songwriter Corneille, the festival announced its lineup in a live video on Facebook. Bal de l’Afrique Enchantée (online), Clerel, Trio Kora, Carine au Micro, Flavia Nascimento and more are confirmed for the festival’s anniversary. This year, the organizers worked hard to deliver a top-notch local program. During the festival, concerts are going to take place in the city center’s open air Quartier des Spectacles, but also at the infamous Club Balattou and two other important venues of Montreal (Le Ministère, Le National). Some shows have been confirmed to be streamed online, so international fans can join in as well. During the day, there will be workshops, photo exhibitions and more at the festival site, which is said to be an “oasis” of music and gathering at the heart of the city.

Nuits d'Afrique lineup
Photo graciously offered by Nuits d’Afrique Productions

You can check the full Nuits d’Afrique lineup below:

  • Bal de l’Afrique Enchantée
  • Chipo Nyambiya
  • Meryem Saci
  • Moridja
  • Dina Lévry
  • Blaise Labamba
  • Clerel
  • Tribute to Gilberto Gil
  • Sonido Pesao
  • Afrodizz
  • Ronald LeBeau & Kwaliti
  • Flavia Nascimento
  • Carine au Micro
  • Jab Djab & guests
  • Daby Touré & Joyce N’Sana
  • Senay
  • Juliet Nelson
  • Trio Kora
  • Bumaranga
  • El Son Sono
  • Boulila
  • Lara Klaus

During the closing night, we can expect to see an exclusive livestream! On Sunday July 18, on facebook, it is going to be possible to watch some unpublished footage of some of the biggest names in world music, most of which had their North American debute during previous editions of Nuits d’Afrique. This is why the festival is of the utmost influence in Canada, but also shines internationally. Nuits d’Afrique is also important as a reflection of the diversity: one of the headline nights is “Soirée Rythmes au Féminin”, an evening by and for women musicians (July 8 at Le National).

Clerel

To mention another highlight of the festival: Clerel. The musician from Cameroon gained notice during the show LaVoix, has a distinctive voice that reflects his sensitive nature. Steeped in R&B and gospel and supported by his acoustic guitar, the soulful sound of this singer-songwriter is the real deal.

Nuits d’Afrique 2021

Nuits d’Afrique is one of Montreal’s biggest summer festival. The festival is a hotspot of World Music in North America, andits influence is spread throughout the year with almost weekly shows at the infamous Club Balattou, and the Syli d’Or emerging talent competition. The festival itself is a must-go because of many reason: an incredible lineup every year, but most of all a great atmosphere at the free outdoor shows, where you will find a “village” with food courts and more. In 2020, Nuits d’Afrique had to go virtual, but still delivered great shows.

For more information and tickets, you can visit the website.

Akram is a 26yo living in Montréal. After visiting Sziget Festival in 2014 (and 2015, and 2016), his love for live music started ascending and is yet to peak. His favorite bands are Arcade Fire, Radiohead, M83, Big Thief, Beach House, Sufjan Stevens...

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