Friday, 16 March 2012
Francophone music festival in London
March 20 is the journée internationale de la Francophonie, a day that celebrates the use of French language around the world.
Events being held in many places to mark the day, which was instigated by the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie is a body of governments of countries that have a link to French culture and language.
There are 56 member states, three associate members and a further 16 observers. Not bad for a language that many think is only used in France and Quebec. While many member countries don't have French as their native language, others do. Some are former colonies and others have less formal links to France but are linked by international friendship and a shared appreciation and involvement in French culture
March 17 sees one of the major events in the international celebration being held in London, with around 50,000 people expected to attend an event in Trafalgar Square with live music by French artists from around the globe.
The bill showcases some great Francophone talent, and makes the case clearly that the francophone music world extends well beyond the borders of France, with artists from North America, Africa and elsewhere in Europe.
Jali, a Belgian from Rwanda brings a blend of soul, reggae and chanson, Naby from Sénegal, rapper Rayess Bek from Lebanon, Mélissa Laveaux, a Haitian folk singer from Quebec are on the bill, along with Noga from Switzerland and electro pop artists Alfa Rococo from Quebec.
It's a celebration of not only the French language, but of French music at its most inclusive, and it will hopefully be a great event.