Professional meetings, music, movies, talks between artists and professionals
Mix ta race in Sudan :
10 years of the Arab revolutions
Discussion around the event of June 14 Mix Ta Race in Sudan with the organizers, programmers and producers of the event. From the genesis of the project to the realization in time of Pandemic Covid 19. With Jeremie Fontaine, aka Jeremie (Mix ta race), Hind Meddeb (film director), Dorothée Engel (Programmer of the Institute of the Arab World in France) and animated by Benjamin Levy (director of PNYH).
Hind Meddeb | (Paris) grew up between France, Morocco and Tunisia, her two countries of origin. From this flow between cultures and langages, she develops a singular look of the world. In her documentaries, she observes all forms of resistance to the order established by filming on the side those who revolt. In her approach of the Arab and African world, she seeks to undo the prejudices that clog the western imagination. Between 2011 and 2013, at the time of the Arab Spring, she realizes Tunisia Clash and Electro Chaabi, two feature-length documentaries about musical creation as a revolutionary act. Her latest movie, Paris Stalinfrad restores the path of refugees who arrive in Paris, reduced to survive on Fortune Camp (selected at the "Cinéma du Réel" and at the Toronto International Festival). She is currently working on the writing of a new movie in Sudan, "Nos voix, nos armes" ("Our voices, our weapons"), a long-term portrait of Sudanese youth determined to conquer her freedom.
Dorothée Engel | (Paris) German, born in Beirut in 1960, Dorothée Engel is forced to leave Lebanon at the beginning of the civil war in 1975. Then, she moved to Syria where she finished her studies in a French high school. Later, in Strasbourg, crossroads between Germany and France, she study Arabic, anthropology and history of theater. Since 1985, she has been involved in the programming and the organization of cultural events at the Arab World Institute in Paris, including Arabofolies, which is a musical festival of arts and ideas.
Benjamin Levy | (Paris) He began his career in 1997 by working for the Nice Jazz Festival. Then, he worked during 5 years for the JVC Jazz Festival of Paris with Loop Production. He has also been a press officer in specialized radios of the Columbia label and has worked at Sony Music. In 200, he creates the first festival - electronic hip-hop- of Paris, L'Assymetric Contest, on the quays of the Seine in Paris. He then joined for 6 years, an agency and worked among others with James Brown, Kool and the Gang, Earth Winf and Fire, George Clinton and Toué Kunda or Magma, Roy Ayers, Fred Wesley, Lonnie Liston Smith. In 2006, he created and produced the Groove and Funky Nights, series of concerts gathering some of the soul legends such as Isaac Hayes, Georges Clinton, Gwen McCrea, Roy Ayers. He became a specialist of the African American music and created the booking and production agency BL Music. The agency produces tours of french and international artists in France and around the world. He also produces the Paris New York Heritage Festival on 3 continents and 6 countries. The leitmotiv of Benjamin is to look for artists that have marked the history of African American music and bring them up-to-date. He also takes new artists who claimed this heritage.
Jérémie Fontaine, aka Jeremix | (Paris) Movie Director, producer and organizer of the events Mix ta Race. His sense of humour mix up various identities. The expression Mix ta Race is incarnated in music and live to illustrate a new vision of the fraternity that is both popular and engaged. The events Mix ta Race are creations gathering artists from different horizons and universes around themes, personalities or destinations (the Tunisian revolution, the commemoration of the abolition of slavery, Gaël Faye and wild women, the Francosphere, Sudan and the 10 years of the Arab revolutions...). These creations are often related to news and allows artists to meet spontaneously, to collaborate and share the same scene at a single concert (about fifteen editions since 2012). #wearetogether #mixology
A discussion between 4 major figures of the international music programming world. 3 countries and fabulous women, an inspiring example of female success.
We will ask them how they deal with the issue of cultural appropriation in their radio and concert programming.
Nicky B | (Johannesburg) Producer of the World Wide Show Kaya FM since 1997
She is a specialist, cultural activist, educator, she is a highly respected and experienced DJ and music specialist. She is also a producer, compiler, writer, educator and for the past 23 years she has been the producer and presenter of "The World Show" on Johannesburg-based radio station KayaFM 95.9 since 1997. As a DJ, she is very popular and in demand in South Africa.
Erika Elliott | (New-York) director and artistic director of the SummerStage Festival
She is is the artistic director of Summerstage in New York, one of the largest festivals that takes place in most of the park in New York. For 25 years, she has fought to bring diversity to Her programming. She is one of the most respected women in the US music world.
City Parks Foundation is the largest presenter of free Arts and Culture in New York City, annually presenting over 100 free programs including 30+ performances at SummerStage in Central Park, three months of programming citywide at SummerStage Citywide, and family programs, serving all five boroughs as well as the annual 3 day Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Additionally she is responsible for the oversight of the Swedish Marionette Theatre in Central Park programming Marionette shows. Ms. Elliott is responsible for the overall artistic vision of all the Arts programming, as well as developing larger thematic seasonal celebrations, and commissions. Additionally she leads the digital content creation for the multiplatform SummerStage Anywhere broadcasts.
Paula Abreu | (New-York) Associate Director of programming for the SummerStage Festival
She is responsible for curating the international and jazz program at SummerStage, including the Cesária Évora Orchestra, Mayra Andrade and Dino D'Santiago, and the legendary Brazilian singer Elza Soares in the United States. Prior to SummerStage, Paula worked at the Red Hot Organization and Lincoln Center.
Rainbow Robert | (Vancouver) head of artistic TD Jazz Festival
She is in charge of Td Jazz Festival Vancouver and Jazz Festival Canada, a national network of Canadian jazz festivals. she has been able to put forward mixed, international, native and jazz programming from around the world. She is a key figure in the world of jazz music industry.
Benjamin Levy | (Paris) He began his career in 1997 by working for the Nice Jazz Festival. Then, he worked for 5 years for the JVC Jazz Festival of Paris with Loop Production. He has also been a press officer in specialized radios of the Columbia label and has worked at Sony Music. In 200, he created the first festival - electronic hip-hop- of Paris, L'Assymetric Contest, on the quays of the Seine in Paris. He then joined, for 6 years, an agency and worked among others with James Brown, Kool and the Gang, Earth Winf and Fire, George Clinton and Toué Kunda or Magma, Roy Ayers, Fred Wesley, Lonnie Liston Smith. In 2006, he created and produced the Groove and Funky Nights, a series of concerts gathering some of the soul legends such as Isaac Hayes, Georges Clinton, Gwen McCrea, Roy Ayers. He became a specialist of the African American music and created the booking and production agency BL Music. The agency produces tours of french and international artists in France and around the world. He also produces the Paris New York Heritage Festival on 3 continents and 6 countries. The leitmotif of Benjamin is to look for artists that have marked the history of African American music and bring them up-to-date. He also takes on new artists who claim this heritage.
Samian and La Chica
In collaboration with the Canadian Cultural Center. An unprecedented meeting between the aboriginal slam Samian and the Franco-Venezuelan singer La Chica, animated by Louis-Philippe Labrèche, chief editor of the auditory canal.
La Chica | Her real name is Sophie Fustec. She is a Franco-Venezuelan singer who grew up between the Belleville district in Paris and Latin America. She mixes through her colorful and rythmic music, her two ascendants. Her songs are urbans, multicultural and contemporary. She writes her songs in spanish. La Chica quotes as influence and inspiration, Nina Simone, The Beatles, Radiohead, M.I.A., Danger Doom, Debussy... Her songs ar marked by a spiritual dimension and her visuals borrow surreal and psychedelic elements. Her favorites instruments are the piano and the keyboards.
Samian | His real name is Samuel Tremblay, he was born in Amos, Quebec. He is a canadian rappel of the Abitibiwinni First Nation. He ... both in French and in Algonquin. It is in Quebec that he begins his career, then its success leads him to perform in many Canadian cities from coast to coast. He is also known on the international scene, which allows him among other things to perform in Europe, including France, Spain, Finland, but also in the Asian continent, in China.
Musical meeting between Shauit and Wachmn’hit
Description of the event | WHen we think about Innue or Morocan culture, we do not necessarily think of reggae. Shauit and Wachmn’hit met on this artistic field without knowing that they had a lot more in common. Exchange, get to know each other and create together a music that make you travel as much in the rich innue Aboriginal culture of Quebec that in the vast Moroccan universe has become obvious for these artists.
Shauit | He was born in Maliotenam in northeastern Quebec. Singer-songwriter Shauit sings in Innu, his native language and in French. He made his debut at the Innu Nikamu festival at the age of 21 and continues to share the language of his ancestors around the world. Fusing traditional Innu music with folk and reggae, he demonstrates the ability of the Innu to appropriate new musical styles by making their language resonate in a surprising way in songs that are honest, committed, and full of emotion and personal experiences.
Wachmn’hit | Moroccan reggae group composed of 7 musicians ranging from the influence of their idols, the Wailers, to their closest influence, the Gnawas. The group is committed to developing a new component of Moroccan musical heritage, while cultivating their commitment on lyrics that speak directly to Moroccans and to sharing this culture with the rest of the world.
Musical meeting between Iskwē and Vikken
Description of the event | An original musical encounter between two artists with brilliant and committed universes, Iskwē and Vikken for the month of Pride.
Iskwē | Manitoba artist, urban Aboriginal two-spirit from the Red River Valley, birthplace of the Métis Nation.
Vikken | Transdisciplinary artist of the electro scene who created in 2019 his first eponymous solo project. Between ambient-pop and electro, Vikken tackles the themes of identity, questioning norms, in a form not very borrowed.
From June 14 to June 18
B to B Session in partnership with Global Toronto
A delegation from South Africa, France and the United States of America, will be invited on the PNYH stand during the Global Festival of Toronto for professional meeting in B to B.