This is the first time since its creation 30 years ago that the event gives such an award.
The Franco-Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango received on Monday, July 18, 2016 the Nuits d’Afrique pour la francophonie Award. It was at the conclusion of the Montreal Festival of Nuits d’Afrique, which celebrated its 30th anniversary. Manu Dibango closed the concert organized in closed doors during the Fairmount Theatre in front of nearly 600 people.
Unifying, the great Dibango was once again at the microphone during the concert. Inviting himself on stage during the set of the Cuban group, the jazzman of 82 improvised with musicians by demonstrating an ever ease as disconcerting, concluding the piece with a smile: “You can really communicate with everyone through music ” Then adding with a mischievous look:” music is made for love, to move from left to right … and back and forth “.
Distinguishing Manu, the organizers, including the festival’s creator, Canadian Lamine Touré of Guinean origin, wanted to greet his unifying vision of the Francophonie. This distinction, first of its kind since the creation of the festival 30 years ago, will not be the last, we learn.
Remaining at the forefront of promoting creativity and the arts, the Festival International Nuits d’Afrique unfolds each year a wide range of mixed talents here and across the ocean from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.
Encouraging the best of traditional and modern repertoires, the Festival International Nuits d’Afrique has kept this authentic charm, this spirit of family and magical party, and especially the passion of the beautiful music that earned it every summer the ovation of a loyal and ever growing audience. Each year, 13 days scented with South spicy delights! …