“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”S. Kierkegaard
Paris New York Heritage Festival is a historical and contemporary journey to the heart of African, African American, Latin, Latin American, and Indigenous arts, with stops in Paris, New York, Montreal, Vancouver, Johannesburg and Los Angeles. The event pays tribute to these major artists of the 20th century, who have left their mark on world musical culture. It pays tribute to those past, present and future artists who, through history, have influenced today's cultural heritage and is intended to be a vehicle for these intergenerational values and beliefs.
Every year for the past 4 years, the festival has been organized around an original theme related to these cultures. The first editions highlighted the great richness of African and Latin American cultures, their interactions with Africa, the United States, and Europe. It emphasized their influences, developments and origins, which are intimately connected to community, social, and political struggles. Their roots all have a common basis, the desire for recognition of their existence and humanity. Music became and still remains a universal tool for connection and communication.
"Back to the roots"
"Music of many colors"
"The Lost Generation"
"Activism through Culture"
What is the inspiration behind for the Paris New York Heritage Festival?
After twenty plus years of promoting various artists including; George Clinton, James Brown, Boosty Collins, and many more artists, it occurred to Benjamin that artists of all backgrounds were not represented equally in the music industry. Thus, the festival emerged after Benjamin saw a gap in representation and decided to create a space for artists of all musical styles and ages to enjoy music together.
Furthermore, the creation of an event where all generations of incredible artists could play and exist together became vital. This is at its core what the festival aims to do; create a space for a multitude of generations, musical styles, cultures, and interests to coexist in their love for music.
How was the 2019 theme selected?
The 2019 festival is the result of the past three festivals we produced. The term “Activism Through Culture” evolved as the result of examining the common points between the three past festivals. The 2016 festival theme was “Back to The Roots”, which was a conversation about the origins of hip hop. The theme began here as we saw that hip hop emerged as the conversation between a multitude of cultures. The year two theme was “Music of Many Colors” which was the cross between music from Africa and music that emerged in African American communities in America. Last Year the theme was “The Lost Generation”, which examined a young generation in Europe post WW2 that experienced the fallout of the war via music. This paved the path for the birth of jazz in Europe.
We examined all three of these themes; what they all had in common, and what was missing from them. We noticed that each of the previous three themes had a combination of at least two cultures learning and working together in a social or political struggle in both positive or negative ways that then lead to the birth of a musical genre. Accordingly, we came to the conclusion that the 2019 festival should emulate this discovery.
This year “Activism Through Culture” is the true product of digging even more so into music’s history and seeing the roots of rock music. We hope to unveil, investigate, and reveal the past. Thus, this years theme combines the past three years of deeply examining music and its origins with a common theme and tone while also supporting global social and political movements.
What do you hope people take away from the festival this year?
"I hope the festival opens the doorway for viewers to create their own point of view on this topic. Think of the event like an internet network- we hope to increase awareness about the theme and encourage all to form their own opinions. Everyone is welcome at this event; you may like, dislike, agree, disagree... but hopefully you will leave with your answer... or perhaps even more questions on this theme. Normally at a festival you eat, you drink, you consume! Think of this as another way to consume, its a sharing of cultures in a way a “typical” festival does not provide. Through conversation, deep questions, music, film, and company we will engage with the material and all leave different than before the festival began". - B.Levy
This fourth edition is being hosted thanks to fabulous partners such as SACEM, the City of Paris, SPEDIDAM, the Canadian Embassy, Mona Bismarck - American Center, FGO Barbara and Radio Nova.
MERCI AUX ARTISTES DES EDITIONS PRÉCÉDENTES...
ROY AYERS (US) - SEUN KUTI & EGYPT 80 (NGR) – WAX TAILOR (FR) – BILAL (US) – JOE BATAAN (US) – TONY ALLEN (FR) - BRIAN JACKSON (US) – ERIK TRUFFAZ (FR) – BOBBY SANABRIA (US) – TORTURED SOUL (US) –ILHAN ERSAHIN (US) – ITAMAR BOROCHOV (FR) – TUMBAO (CA) – HULLY HUILE (CA) – DABY TOURE (FR) - RAASHAN AHMAD (US) – SOUL REBELS (US) – KEREN ANN (ISR) – RICH MEDINA (US) - TRE HARDSON « THE PHARCYDE » (US)– CHEICK TIDIANE (MLI) – KIALA NZAVOTUNGA (NGR) – AZIZ SAHMAOUI (MA) - THOMAS FAURE (FR) – DINER AT THE THOMPSON (FR)– DJ JULIEN LEBRUN - ANDY WILIAMS (DJ) – PUMPKIN (FR) – TIE LPM (FR) – DAVID KYLE PAYNE (UK) – ADAM HAYES (UK) – ROB GRUNDEL (UK) – ELLIOTT BLACKLER (UK) – MATTI (US) – ONE,TWO,THREE RAP – TOM&CLOSS (FR) – RONI ALTER (ISR) – TIA TURN TABLES (DK) – KCL (DK) – SARAH NILES (UK) – SETENTA (FR) – UNDERGROUND SYSTEM (US) – TSIDII LE LOKA (SA) – OURIM TOUMIM (FR) – BIBI TANGA (FR) – EMMA LAMADJI (RCA) – JON GRANDCAMP (FR) – ECHOES OF (FR) – ANDERS (LE MELLOTRON) - LEKIN – YANN JANKIELEWICZ (FR) – ASKOPSSOL (CA) – RUSTAM OSPANOFF (US) – DJ SUSPECT (FR) – DJ ATN – DJ JP MANO - DJ KOBAL – TUPI COLLECTIVE – KYOU – DJ DON MESCAL – LA MANO PELUDA – DIMITRI LIVE PAINTING BY SEB ASTWO – VISUALS BY VJ BX…