Afrique mon désir FRENCH TOUR 2018

Afrique mon désir lies at the confluence of poetry and music with as main actors the multi-award winning South African singer and composer, Laurinda Hofmeyr, famous for setting poetry to music, and the bassist and musical producer Schalk Joubert. Together with a world class ensemble of West African singers and musicians currently living in Cape Town, they explore a wealth of African poetry from Francophone Madagascar to Mauritania, Senegal to Chad, and all the way back to South African shores with the Afrikaans poetry of Breyten Breytenbach and Antjie Krog. Combined with African- inspired melodies, the literary masterpieces were written by JJ Rabearivelo, Veronique Tadjo, Nimrod, Patrice Nganang, and Ousmane Moussa Diagana gave birth to the concept of “Afrique mon Désir”, which draws quintessence of its energy in cultural miscegenation.

The production was launched in South Africa at the 2018 Woordfees (Literature Festival) in Stellenbosch in March and was staged at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival in Oudtshoorn in April 2018. It can also be seen at various other venues around the country throughout the year. In June 2018 there is a tour of France planned.

The production is presented and supported by the Cape Town Music Academy (CTMA). CTMA is a not for profit company (NPC) that seeks to create opportunities for local, established and emerging musicians and related artists in the Western Cape. The objective of the CTMA is to conduct a public benefit activity which creates programmes and projects for the promotion of the work of local musicians, and the development of career opportunities in the South African music industry.

Afrique mon Désir Band

  • Laurinda Hofmeyr : singing – piano (SA)
  • Dea Kinzungu-Walo : singing – chorus (DRC)
  • Schalk Joubert : bass (SA)
  • Malako Wekuna-Soba : singing – chorus (DRC)
  • Yamamoto Bonkuta Loyeke : singing – chorus (DRC)
  • Kayemba Ilunga : guitar (DRC)
  • Kevin Gibson : drums (SA)
  • Daniel Mille : accordion (FR)

The album

“Africa my Desire” album was recorded in June 2017, in Stellenbosch, South Africa, a picturesque town some 50 km from Cape Town. The album saw the participation of the Malagasy accordionist, Régis Gizavo, who sadly passed away a few weeks after its

The 13-track album will be released online and distributed by the French company In Ouïe Distribution from May 25, 2018.

The show

Afrique mon désir is a 75min multimedia world music production, directed by the legendary musical theatre director, David Kramer, featuring Laurinda Hofmeyr and the Afrique mon désir ensemble, presented by the CTMA.

In line with the chiaruscuro repertoire, Afrique mon désir claims a hybrid universe where the purity of Laurinda Hofmeyr’s voice stirs together with the captivating rhythms of the Congolese rumba, thus letting escape an intense, ethereal and timeless music. Mesmerising animation films, created by award winning South African artist, Diek Grobler, accompany the music, making this production an unique audio and visual experience, presented in French, Afrikaans and other African languages. Afrique mon désir explores themes of longing, displacement and a celebrated deep, shared connection between the African continent and its people.

The tour in France

RELEASE CONCERT – PARIS – New Morning Friday June 15, 2018 – 20:30
Chasseneuil – La Quintaine Wednesday June 20, 2018 – 20:30
Poitiers – Le Carré Bleu Wednesday June 27, 2018 – 20:30
Cenon – Espace Simone Signoret Thursday June 28 – 20:30
Ruelle sur Touvre – Théâtre Jean Ferrat Friday June 29 – 20:30

Download album here

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French / English