Music in Agadir and Ouaga, exhibition and theater in Paris: the cultural agenda of “World Africa”

Every Friday, the cultural agenda of World Africa offers you activities to follow or do on the continent, in France and elsewhere in the world.

  • Congolese arts forgotten at the Quai-Branly museum

The title and the poster hardly suggest the immense wealth of the new exhibition that the Quai-Branly museum is devoting to the arts of the southwest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), long forgotten by historians and collectors. Until April 10, “La Part deombre” presents 163 objects from this immense territory which extends to Lake Mai-Ndombe in the north, Kinshasa in the west and the border with Zambia in the south.

Each statue, each mask, pendant, headdress and instrument (hunting saber, comb, neckrest) plunges us into the daily life, which has now disappeared, of around twenty peoples including the Tshokwe, the Mbala, the Yaka, the Yangi and the Pende. Whether they were used to frighten, heal, accompany the coming of age of circumcised boys, distinguish a leader, overwhelm an enemy, attract fortune, honor the memory of a man or simply adorn an outfit or a house. , all the objects tell something about the person who made, wore or collected them.

Among the “jewels” of the exhibition, we will particularly remember the masks pwo, remarkable finesse and expressiveness, but also the statue pindi, sculpted from a branch and which seems to throw its arms into the sky. The exhibits on display also shed light on little-known episodes in history, such as the Pende revolt against colonial exploitation in 1931.

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  • The musical revelations of the “Soko Festival”

Burkinabe singer Flora Paré.

Having become the meeting place for pioneers of musical talent in Burkina Faso, the “Soko Festival” has the particularity of combining concerts on the two stages of the French Institute in Ouagadougou with masterclasses and training in communication or production. . Among the thirty groups and artists expected from January 13 to 15, we can mention the Burkinabe Flora Paré, who became a star in West Africa after her participation in the French-speaking African edition of “The Voice”, the Togolese Charl Ozzo, Senegalese DJ Leuz Zarak, Burkinabé group Taleard, Beninese Koudy Fagbemi and Malian Mariam Koné.

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  • The shadows of France at the Théâtre de la Colline

The director Alexandra Badea, in Avignon, in July 2019.

The massacre of Senegalese infantrymen by French gendarmes and colonial troops in Thiaroye, on 1is December 1944; that of Algerian demonstrators in Paris, on October 17, 1961; the forced exile of young Reunionese uprooted between 1963 and 1982 in order to repopulate the rural areas of the metropolis.

These are the three dark pages of French history that the French writer and director of Romanian origin Alexandra Badea explores in her trilogy “Points of non-return”, at the Théâtre de la Colline, in Paris, on January 12 to February 6. The idea germinated in her when, during her naturalization ceremony in 2013, it was declared: “From now on, you must take responsibility for the history of this country, with its moments of grandeur and its dark corners. »

From his work with a team of artists “Like France today” were born Thiaroye, Quays of the Seine and Diagonal of the void. Three opuses that explore the question of memory and its transmission from one generation to another by orchestrating on stage the confrontation of eras, experiences and speeches. The pieces can be seen separately during the week, or as a continuation on weekends during a large seven-hour day interspersed with two intermissions. An unforgettable theatrical experience.

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  • Amazigh music in Marrakech

Moroccan singer Meryem Aassid.

The French Institute of Agadir has chosen January 13, the date for the celebration of the Amazigh New Year, to close the “Tekchbila” artistic residency in music and in public. Started in April 2021 in the region of Souss-Massa, in southern Morocco, the project brings together Moroccan electronic music producers, contemporary Amazigh artists and local Amazigh troupes, with the aim of raising awareness of Amazigh music in Morocco. The concert on January 13, at 7 p.m., will show the result of a year’s work during a concert featuring a multimedia exhibition and accompanied by a video jockey. Among the artists present, the jazz singer Meryem Aassid, whose sublime voice is to be discovered absolutely.

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Music in Agadir and Ouaga, exhibition and theater in Paris: the cultural agenda of “World Africa”