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Celebrate Francophonie & Women with Music!

From left to right artists Emel, Yseult, Andréanne Malette, Moonaya and Mino Cinelu

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy are happy to partner with the Lycée Français de New York to celebrate Women's History Month and International Francophonie Day! On Saturday March 20th, the Lycée Français de New York offers an online concert on the theme "Femmes francophones, femmes résilientes" showcasing the diversity of French-speaking voices. A journey between New York, Montreal, Paris, Tunis and Dakar to the music of singers Emel, Andréanne Malette, Moonaya, Mino Cinelu and Yseult, winner of the "Female Revelation" 2021 Victoires de la Musique award.

You can also watch the concert live on the Cultural Services of the French Embassy's Facebook page. Join the fun!

Hosted by journalist Aline Afanoukoé, the event starts at 5:00 pm on the Lycée Français de New York's Facebook page. The concert will be broadcast in Quebec and by the Alliances Françaises in the United States as well as by the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie in Paris. It is an opportunity to collectively vibrate to the music of the French-speaking world, rich and diverse in inspiration and history, carried by exceptional artists. 

About Emel

Emel Mathlouthi is a songwriter, composer, guitarist, and singer who brings her powerful brand new sound to Tunisian music. Her outstanding voice evokes Joan Baez, Sister Marie Keyrouz, and the Lebanese diva Fairouz. Her captivating style is lyrical, with powerful rock, oriental, and trip hop influences (she’s collaborated with Adrian Thaws AKA Tricky)

About Andréanne Malette

Andréanne Malette, a multidisciplinary artist, is constantly diversifying the scope of her artistic activities. In February 2014, she released Bohèmes, her first album, which made it to the top of the charts in its first week. In June 2019, a little less than two years after the release of her second album Andréanne A. Malette, the eponymous record passed the 10,000-copy mark with over 6,000,000 streams on digital platforms. In January 2021, Andréanne Malette released Sitka, her third album. It is a Nordic and percussive journey inspired by the wide-open spaces of Alaska, in which her sincere and imaginative prose is intertwined with the melodies of her pop/folk universe. The Québecoise artist frees herself from taboos by tackling thought-provoking themes (domestic violence, emancipation, mourning, guilt, and hope). Her desire to separate the true from the beautiful gives her songs a particular resonance tinged with strength and lucidity. 

About Yseult

Yseult's music is nourished by variety, indie rock, psychedelic, pop, and trap. It is a sophisticated blend of some of her daily listens and inspirations from Lizzo to Feu! Chatterton, from Cardi B to Damso and Tame Impala. Her EP Noir was released in October 2020 is filled with rhythmic poetry, without tricks and frills. As she sings "Everything in my life is black" Yseult charms her audience with melodies of love, and received during the last ceremony of the Victoires de la Musique the coveted "Feminine Revelation" award. 

About Moonaya

Moonaya is an artist, rapper from Senegal & Benin. Moonaya raps with a backdrop of trap, nu-soul & African sounds using a variety of languages from French, mainly, to English, Yoruba, Lingala, Hausa, Fon, and Wolof in the choruses. At a time when the African youth proudly delivers and exports its unique talents and sounds, rap is naturally a space for reflection and advocacy around the issue of identity. In Qui, the Senegalese rapper samples Malcolm X's famous speech - "who taught you to hate yourself?" - for her ode to the beauty of the Black body on music that mixes urban beats and traditional instruments.

About Mino Cinelu

Born into an immigrant family from Martinique, Mino Cinelu was raised in Paris and quickly developed an interest in music, particularly percussion. After playing in bands, accompanying singers, he began playing jazz in the 70s. At the end of the decade, he moved to New York City to record with Dizzy Gillespie and Gato Barbieri. In the early 80s, the Mino Cinelu Ensemble, which included Ricky Ford and singer Andy Bey, attracted some attention but it was with Miles Davis and Weather Report that the percussionist’s international reputation was established. In July 2000, he released his self-titled debut solo album, on which he played most of the instruments, sang, produced, arranged, and wrote the songs.

In partnership with the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, supported by the Centre de la francophonie des Amériques and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.