Concerts & Shows

2019-2020 Concerts & Shows

Celebrating Voices From the Francophone World

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  • Friday, March 20, 2020 | 7pm

This event has been cancelled.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Francophonie, join us for a musical evening led by iconic Arab Spring singer Emel Mathlouthi.
Emel Mathlouthi burst onto the international music scene in 2012 with her song Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free), which she sang in the streets of Tunis during the protests of the Arab Spring. She later performed this song for the opening of the Peace Prize ceremony in 2015. She tours worldwide and her most recent album "Everywhere We Looked Was Burning" came out on September 27, 2019.

Three-time Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist Richard Bona will be joining her onstage. On tour all over Europe during the month of March, Richard Bona will be making a stop in New York city. He is the winner of the Best International Artist of 2004 at the Victoires du Jazz Awards and the 2012 Jazz Grand Prize of the Sacem. The Los Angeles Times has described him as "an artist with Jaco Pastorious’s virtuosity, George Benson’s vocal fluidity, Joao Gilberto’s sense of song and harmony, all mixed up with African culture."

Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Sting, Pat Metheny, Kate Bush, Herbie Hancock,Vicente Amigo, Salif Keita, Stevie Wonder, Weather Report, Lou Reed, Brandford Marsalis and Cassandra Wilson are just a tiny selection of the internationally renowned artists which Mino Cinelu has collaborated with.

Francis Cabrel is one of the most famous singers of the francophone world. With over 40 years of a successful career and over 25 millions albums sold, his songs have become classics of the French repertoire.

Tickets: $30 ; free for Lycée students.
What is the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie?
This event is organized as part of a worldwide celebration of francophone identities. March 20 marks the anniversary of the International Day of Francophonie.

Following the initiative of the Senegalese poet Léopold Sédar Senghor, the Tunisian poet, Habib Bourguiba the Nigerian poet, Hamani Diori, along with the Cambodian prince Prince Norodom Sihanouk, on March 20, 1970, 21 states and governments who sought to develop solidarity, cooperation and increased convergence among francophone countries come together for the creation of the Agency of Cultural and Technical Cooperation (the ACCT, which later becomes the OIF). Over the years, the organisation has expanded to include 88 member states who share a common language and common goals.