Saturday, 22 June 2013

Fête de la Musique in London at the Institut Français

Another belated Fête de la Musique event taking place in the UK today, this time in London at the Institut Français.

In keeping with the spirit of the event, there's a wide range of styles on offer, and the event is free.

The music has been overseen by the French music export office (Bureau Export), with sets by Benoit Carré, Modou Touré, Nogabe Randriaharimalala, Chantage and Odran Trümmel.

Carré is a former member of the band Lilicub who had a hit in France in '96 with the song Voyage en Italie. Since then he's written for the likes of Françoise Hardy and Johnny Hallyday, and pursues a solo career with the release of his first solo album Célibatorium.

Modou Touré from Senegal mixes Afro-blues with pop and folk, Nogabe Randriaharimalala from Madagascar is a former member of China's first rock band, and performs in a trio with two percussionists,

Chantage is a choir from London that has been active since 1999, and Odran Trümmel is a songwriter with a jazzy folk-informed psychedelic pop.

The event gets under way at 5pm at the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni, 17 Queensberry Place, London.

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