The artists come from the United States, the Caribbean and Africa; their songs draw on many influences; and they represent a rich sample of the infinite number of ways to conceive Black existence in the world. But beyond this variety, what unites them is the desire to fight for equality and justice through music.
They are known for their work as leaders but also for their collaboration with world-famous artists from the 60‘s until today: Miles Davis, D‘Angelo, Fela Kuti, Meshell Ndegéocello, Salif Keita, Marcus Miller, Roy Hargrove, Erykah Badu, George Benson, Steve Coleman, Terri Lyne Carrington, Joe Zawinul, Maxwell, Cassandra Wilson, The Headhunters, Geri Allen, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding and many more.
During the live concerts, each artist has the chance to take on two roles: a band member playing others' compositions and a leader when it's time to perform his or her own creation. Not everyone is on stage at the same time, except for the grand finale.
The live concerts highlight the diversity of generations and musical backgrounds of the artists. What is striking is the ease, authenticity, and inspiration with which they travel through all musical horizons: jazz, soul, funk, jazz-fusion of the 70's, African music, rock, blues and gospel... All them are mixed and magnified, at times with crazy intensity, at other times with subtle nuances.
The music is high-flying; the solos impeccable. Yet it is clear that, in this assembly of renowned artists, egos have been put aside and each singular talent is at the humble and exclusive service of the music.
It's a show full of surprises, with an energy that sets audiences on fire.
Christie Dashiell - vocals
Tutu Puoane - vocals
Jacques Schwarz Bart - saxophone
Marcus Strickland - saxophone
Sharrif Simmons - spoken word
David Gilmore - guitar
Andy Milne - piano
Federico Gonzalez Pena - piano & keyboards
Reggie Washington - acoustic & electric basses
Adam Falcon - guitar
Jean-Paul Bourelly - guitar
Marque Gilmore - drums, sampling & drum programming
Gene Lake - drums
Sonny Troupé - drums & percussion
DJ Grazzhoppa - turntables
Reggie Washington will be the musical director for these live concerts.
2023 - 2024