Tambours Croisés: Traditional Music from Réunion, Martinique, and Guadeloupe

When maloya, bélé and gwo ka meet . . .  The event “Tambours Croisés” [Cross-Drums] is an ongoing project bringing together traditional music from these three French overseas territories in a series of exchanges, festivals and concerts from November 2011 to March 2012.

As strange as it may seem, the meeting of the three islands’ musicians in one place has never happened in the terrain of traditional music. For the first time, artists from Reunion, Martinique, and Guadeloupe will gather together on stage. This event incorporates residences on the three islands, where musicians will exchange ideas about their respective musical heritage for several days before each of the concerts.

The first of the related concerts will take place on November 11 and 12 at the Georges Tarer Auditorium in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe. This will be followed by concerts in Martinique on November 18, in Sainte-Anne, and November 19, at l’Atrium in Fort de France.

The musicians will also perform in Paris on November 24 and 25 at the Barbara Fleury Goutte d’Or concert center in Paris. In 2012, in Réunion, there will be concerts in January (Vladimir Canter in Sainte-Clotilde), February (Bambous in Saint-Benoît), and March (Le K in Saint-Leu).

For article and program (in French), see http://karucrea.blogspot.com/

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