Saturday, May 3, 2008

Festival International

Last weekend I was in Lafayette, Louisiana and experienced an incredible free festival that drew in musicians from Africa, Central and South America, Canada, and Europe. It was very francophonically centered and I believe about 80% of the bands came from French speaking countries. My two favs and strong recommendations:
March Forth Marching Band out of Portland - not French speakers, but the baddest marching band I've ever seen.
Mamadou Diabate - kora player from Mali whose music was so beautiful I had to fight back tears. Everyone in the quartet was incredible, two others were from Mali and the upright bass player was Keith Jarrett's son.

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