World music

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

Miksi on stage.

© Métis Music/Jeanne Lepreux

By: Laurence Aloir

4 mins

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With

Miksi, Antibalas, Dafné Kritharas, Christine Salem

and

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

The

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

Musicians

Yamen Al Yamani

, cello (Syria)

Artur Zeqiri

, violin (Albania)

Thomas Mazellier

, violin, beatmaker

Nicolas Lescombe

, clarinet accordion

Ebrahim Ahmad

, daf (perceived) Kurdish

Then

Chico Man

passes a head in the studio and gives us news of

Antibalas.

Collective based in New York,

Antibalas

(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).

Antibalas.

© 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.

Latest

Varka

album (Lior Éditions – 2021).

Titles interpreted by Dafné Kritharas

O Peristeronas

(Dafné Kritharas) see video RFI

Kastellorizo.

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,

 Mersi

, 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.

Album

Mersi

(Blue Fanal – 2021).

Christine Salem, 2022. © Laurence Aloir/RFI

Sound: Mathias Taylor

Video: Dominique Fiant.

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