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Updated on the 15th of every month

by Vesi & Tania

"Because music natures our past, our present and all our tomorrows, it is vitally important that we explore its roots and origins."
(Lamine Touré - President of the "Nuits d'Afrique" Festival)

Montreal is all about the summer - after the ten-month long winter the city comes alive with sun, tourists, and most importantly - music, music, music. During our short summer there are more than fifteen music festivals all over the city, playing music from around the world. The most celebrated festival of all is, of course, the International Jazz Fest, but in its shadow many other events entertain the people of Montreal. One of them is a festival called "Nuits d'Afrique", featuring music from Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

The free festivities last for ten days, starting July 23rd at Place Émilie-Gamelin with a performance by Jean-Louis Thémis from Madagascar. For those willing to pay in order to see world-renowned artists, such as Thomas Mapfumo, known as the lion of Zimbabwe, concerts start on July 13th at Métropolis, and prices don't go higher than $30. "Nuits d'Afrique" is endorsed by big names, such as La Presse, Radio-Canada, Mix 96, CHOM, Global, CH, Musimax, and MusiquePlus. It is definitely something we recommend going to - after all, why else live in Montreal if not to take advantage of its multiculturalism? We are all fueled by the same desire to nourish a passion for World Music and Montreal is the place to do that. So, do something different with your summer this year - in the end, it is not just about the Jazz Fest and Crescent Street (as great as they are!). Get to know the city and its people, enjoy and embrace its many flavors!

If you want to take a closer peek at the history of the festival and what it offers this year, you can go to its website at www.festivalnuitsdafrique.com, or call (514) 499-9239. For a complete list of all the festivals going on in Montreal throughout the year, you can visit www.montreal.com/tourism/fests.html.





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