RESPECT TO ARETHA
WITH ANTIBALAS, BETTYE LAVETTE, JOSE JAMES, ALICE RUSSELL, NONA HENDRYX & ZARA MCFARLANE
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Location Great Hall of La Villette
To close its 2019 edition, Jazz à la Villette pays tribute to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who died in the summer of 2018. The musical direction of the evening is entrusted to Antibalas, a Brooklyn afrobeat group attached to the Daptones label, accompanied by the occasion of several invited singers and singers: Bettye LaVette, Jose James, Alice Russell, Nona Hendryx and Zara McFarlane.
On August 16, 2018, the musical world mourned the disappearance of Aretha Franklin. Born in 1942 in Memphis, Stax City, Detroit is home to the Motown headquarters, where she grew up: a soul story. Jazz too, because it was the producer John Hammond who in 1960 hired him at Columbia. But his very first vocalises go back to the gospel repertoire. The idiom that best embodies the universalism of Great Black Music, that of African music that has become American. It is precisely in this context of transatlantic influences, and more specifically in the register of the Afrobeat, that Antibalas will pay a vibrant tribute to the Queen of Soul for an unprecedented evening with a crowd of guests ... surprise! The Brooklyn band, which celebrates two decades of music in this season, was originally formed largely of members of the Dap-Kings - a resident group of the Daptones label - who accompanied the belated (re) discovered heroes Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley. For all these musicians, funk, soul and afrobeat are therefore the same language that tonight will borrow the words of Aretha Franklin.
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