French-speaking showcase tonight at Speakeasy

French Tech Club might be over, but French-speaking bands are still playing at South by Southwest!

Tonight’s GlobalFest show at Speakeasy is open to non-badge holders (for a 18$ ticket) and will feature several French-speaking bands from 8PM.

Here’s the program:

8:00 pm Lo’Jo (2013): French masters of North African-and French grooves, with delicate songwriting and powerful vocals

9:00 pm Imarhan Timbuktu (gF debut): The Sahara blues, rock and trance of this of this rising Tuareg band from Northern Mali brings the mystery of the desert to new audiences who first encountered the music via Tinariwen.

10:00 pm A band dubbed “all circular Afro-Berber riffs, hypnotic hand claps, sun, sky and sand” by Rolling Stone, the iconic guitar rebels of Tinariwen first met as refugees, only to become one of Africa’s most important and acclaimed bands. They have challenged the boundaries of African and global music, wooing blues and rock fans with the raw electric sound and swirling rhythms.

11:00 pm Sergio Mendoza y La Orkesta (2014): Bringing a punk rock intensity to old-school mambo, Mexican cumbia, and a quirky big-band sound that would make Esquivel grin, from a longtime associate of Calexico and Devotchka.

12:00 pm Hot 8 Brass Band (2009): New Orleans second-line hotshots play fierce and free (Basement Jaxx recruited them for several tracks) while remaining deeply rooted in their city’s storied jazz and funk heritage.

1:00 am K i T (Kuenta i Tambú) (2014): Afro-Caribbean carnival drums from the Dutch Antilles with a serious global bass remix

I had a chance to listen to Lo’Jo on Tuesday night and really enjoyed their show. And Tinariwen is excellent too!

I’m embedding a Tinariwen video below, but if you don’t know those bands yet, you can discover their music by listenning to GlobalFest’s playlist on Spotify. See you at the show?!


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