Black History Month: Sounds of blackness

Sounds of blackness

Ngâbo
Photo: La Tribu

Black History Month features many great music events, among other things

It’s only been five years since Black History Month was officially established in Quebec by the National Assembly, in February 2007, with the goal of underlining the role that black Quebecers have played in our society over the last three centuries.

Comedian Dorothy Rhau and actor Benz Antoine are the spokespersons of this year’s Black History Month, which features a multitude of lectures, workshops, exhibitions, concerts and activities of all kinds under the theme Imagine a New World.

One of the most promising events is Nuits d’Afrique Sound System, a night of World 2.0 music taking place at the SAT on February 10. In addition to DJ sets by New York’s Chief Boima and Montreal’s own Masala Sono, as well as visuals by VJ Jérôme Delapierre, it will feature live performances from Congolese singer Ngâbo and Haitian rapper Mr Ok.

If jazz is more your speed, Charles Biddle Jr. will be at Cabaret du Mile End on February 11 to pay tribute to the likes of Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Opening that night will be Creole jazz quintet Makaya.

On February 18 at the same venue, two talented Haitian artists will perform: Vox Sambou, a member of hip-hop collective Nomadic Massive, will kick things off, followed by multi-instrumentalist Wesli, who will present his blend of reggae, Afrobeat and soul.

Finally, let’s mention the gospel night that will happen on February 25, again at Cabaret du Mile End, with Sylvie Desgroseilliers and the Choir of the Conservatory of Modern Music, which sings in English, French and Creole.

Black History Month
To February 29
www.montrealblackhistorymonth.com

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