The 18th edition of Africajarc festival, the biggest festival of African culture in France, holds from Thursday July 21 to Sunday, July 24. Like every year, it is the small town of Cajarc which hosts the festivities. Les Dépêches de Brazzaville have selected the highlights of this edition
The first night of the festival is traditionally dedicated to the 7th art. The guest of honour this year is the director, screenwriter and documentary filmmaker from Burkina Faso, Michel K. Zongo. His documentary “Espoir Voyage” will be screened at the Church square and followed by a discussion. Michel K. Zongo is a great figure of African cinema, he created since 2010 his own company producing documentaries, Diam Production. Espoir Voyage addresses the issue of migration in Africa. His other films, “Sibi, l’âme du violon” and “La Sirène du Faso Fani ” will be screened Friday and Sunday, respectively.
Two other documentaries during the festival drew our attention: “Sur les chemins de la rumba” by the Congolese, David Pierre Fila, who is investigating the sources of the rumba, and “Congo, un médecin pour sauver les femmes ” by Angela Diabang on the outstanding work conducted by the surgeon, Denis Mukwege, within the Panzi hospital.
On music, three eclectic evenings await us: on Friday will be under the sign of the Afro Groove including the great Jupiter and its Okwess International for an enticing and electric rock bofenia or Pat Thomas, one of the great representatives of the Ghanaian highlife with his band the Kwashibu Area Band. It’s going to groove!
Saturday evening will be 100% female, two young women revealed this year, soul jazz Awa Ly and the smooth voice of Ester Rada, surround the flagship of the evening, the Amazons of Africa with the Malian celebrities: Mariam Doumbia (duo Amadou & Mariam), Mamani Keita, Rokia Kone and Kandia Konate. They mingle the generations and energy to perpetuate the Mandingo tradition, but also to defend the rights of women. They are the ambassadors of the actions of the Panzi Foundation.
On Sunday evening, towards the Congo, the Kinshasa Paris Express group born from the meeting between French and Congolese musicians. This mixture gives happy rhythms and infectious energy.
In the literary grin, we shall not miss the conference on the young cutting edge African literature with Jussy Kiyindou, Mohamed Mbougar Sarr and Adrienne Yabouza. The Senegalese philosopher Souleymane Bachir Diagne will also be present for a meeting about Islam in Africa. In this space, mix publishers, authors, the bookshop as well as draftsmen of the collective l’Afrique dessinée.
Throughout the festival, you will see art exhibitions, folktale shows, theater, attend courses of percussion and contemporary African dances and children will have special entertainment in the garden of children. So, do not hesitate any more and come to Africajarc!