World music

Live session and report Métis Music Angoulême (2/2)

Miksi on stage.

© Métis Music/Jeanne Lepreux

By: Laurence Aloir

4 mins



Miksi, Antibalas, Dafné Kritharas, Christine Salem


Patrick Duval.

Continuation and end of our wanderings at

the Musiques Métisses festival

 and the now famous Angoumoisines Live sessions!

#SessionLive Miksi

at the RFI_Angoulême studio


Miksi formation,

made up of refugee musicians and local artists, was born as part of a European project supported by the

Rocher de Palmer


Without speaking the same language, but finding in the notes an ideal means of communication, the five musicians of Miksi got to know each other during a first residency at the Rocher de Palmer in September 2020. Brought together by the European project Migrants Music Manifesto, they designed a first repertoire inspired by traditional Albanian, Kurdish or Syrian pieces rearranged by the group's coordinator,

Nicolas Lescombe


Meeting regularly for new residences and new concerts, the artists now form a solid, luminous, virtuoso group, which transports us to a world where borders are collapsing, where dialogue between peoples is finally possible.

Songs performed by Miksi

Moj el Bahar

(Syrian trad) clarinet violin, see RFI video

Moj e Bukura More

(trad Albania) guitar and accordion, see RFI video.

Miksi studio RFI.

© Laurence Aloir/RFI


Yamen Al Yamani

, cello (Syria)

Artur Zeqiri

, violin (Albania)

Thomas Mazellier

, violin, beatmaker

Nicolas Lescombe

, clarinet accordion

Ebrahim Ahmad

, daf (perceived) Kurdish


Chico Man

passes a head in the studio and gives us news of


Collective based in New York,


(which means “bulletproof” in Spanish), initiated by

Martin Pena

, continues the work initiated by the late

Fela Kuti

by distilling a most dynamic afrobeat!

It's an explosive cocktail of jazz, funk and African rhythms, where festive spirit and political considerations collide.

With a solid brass section, a gang of expert percussionists, a funky rhythm and lyrics sung in English, Spanish and Yoruba, Antibalas has the firepower of a cruiser ready to breathe new life into scorching afrobeat!

Latest album

Fu Chronicles

(Daptone 2020).


© Métis Music/Jeanne Lepreux

#Live session Dafné Kritharas

at the RFI_Angoulême studio.

This Franco-Greek singer draws her repertoire from the convergence of cultures that lived together under the Ottoman Empire.

His voice, impressive, flows from a pure source.

Strong and clear, ample and supple, it vibrates in the treble, resounds in the bass.

Dafné Kritharas

 uses it as an instrument to create virtuoso sounds.

She does not just interpret this repertoire, but gives it a modern breath, borrowing from jazz or electro, surrounded by high-flying musicians.

Together they build a rich, subtle and powerful sound.



album (Lior Éditions – 2021).

Titles interpreted by Dafné Kritharas

O Peristeronas

(Dafné Kritharas) see video RFI


Dafne Kritharas.

© Dominique Fiant/RFI

Line up Dafne Kritharas

Dafne Kritharas

, vocals

Paul Barreyre

, guitar-vocals

Pierre-Antoine Despatures

, double bass

Leaving the studio, I come across

Christine Salem

, a glass of champagne in her hand, let's go…

With her very personal way of bringing songs to life, Christine Salem captivates us with her deep and suave voice, the maloya at the foundation of her songs, cemented by a powerful blues.

Christine Salem, and you can hear it, loves this music born from the earth, pain and history.

For her new album,


, she chose the violin as a common thread.

In the groove of the percussions the flights of his melody, of classical, even folk inspiration, are tangled.



(Blue Fanal – 2021).

Christine Salem, 2022. © Laurence Aloir/RFI

Sound: Mathias Taylor

Video: Dominique Fiant.


Receive all the international news directly in your mailbox

I subscribe

Follow all the international news by downloading the RFI application


  • Culture

  • Musics

On the same subject

World music

#SessionLive at the 45th edition of the Musiques Métisses d'Angoulême

World music

#SessionLive at the 45th edition of the Musiques Métisses d'Angoulême festival

The Epic of Black Music

Thank you Christine Salem!