Africa in every sense

Festival l'Afrique dans tous les sens


concerts, musical salons, cocktail concerts, contemporary dance, a maquis underground bar, strolls, conferences and encounters, film, workshops, storytelling, fashion...

The Africa in every sense festival  is an invitation on an initiatory, joyful journey: nine days at the musée du quai Branly (after six days at la Bellevilloise) during which Africa is unveiled and presented in an ambiance reminiscent of a "maquis" underground bar (a temporary space for meetings and discussion in poor areas).

Each day, the best of African creation will be presented by means of music, street performance, plastic arts, fashion, debates, artistic workshops, storytelling and dance. In the theater foyer, the "maquis" space, decorated for the occasion by artists, will be the venue for daily events where tradition and modernity combine in a festive, warm and convivial atmosphere.

This uniquely structured festival, with its broad multidisciplinarity and dynamic artistic selections, celebrates a self-confident Africa, turned towards the future, rooted in its most universal values and open to the world, for a renaissance which is resolutely in motion.

Artistic director: Seydou Guèye
Festival sponsor: Ousmane Sow 


Claude Lévi-Strauss theater


concert prices: 15 € full price, 10 € reduced price

reservations on +33 (0) 1 56 61 71 72, Monday to Friday, 10.00 am to 4.30 pm



Daara J Family © Antoine Tempé
Daara J Family © Antoine Tempé

Daara J Family - Senegal

Friday May 20th at 8.00 pm - duration 1 hour 30 mins.

Daara J Family, a duo with an astonishing repertoire, combine New York, Dakar, Paris and Kingston in a mesmerising musical world map that only they could create: uncompromising hip hop and haunting lament, unbridled funky spirit, ferocious flow, tribal softened by the nocturnal heat, powerful reggae and of course Africa itself, with its rhythms and hypnotic chants; the rough voice of N'Dongo D as the guiding thread and the perfect complement to the stunning vocal flights of Faada Freddy.

Mariana © Christian Lionel Dupont
Mariana © Christian Lionel Dupont

Mariana Ramos - CAPE VERDE

Saturday May 21st at 8.00 pm - duration 1 hour 30 mins.

Mariana probably owes her enthusiasm and characteristic vigor to Senegal, her native country. But it is in Cape Verde, the land of her ancestors, that she has found inspiration. She magically transports us with the most frenzied airs of Cape Verde: coladeira, cheerful music from the island of São Vicente; funaná, the ancient music of slavery and revolt from the island of Santiago; batuque, the rhythmical and often ironic music produced by the women of the same island, and even mazurkas, with their European origins recalling the sounds of the traditional waltz. Mariana brings a unique personal touch to each musical genre.

So Kalmery © David Godveh
So Kalmery © David Godveh

So Kalmery - DRC

Friday May 27th at 8.00 pm - Claude Lévi-Strauss theater - duration 1 hour 30 mins.

Author, composer and interpreter, So Kalmery is the representative of a musical style called Brakka. Comprising philosophy, combat and a musical style inseparable from dance, Brakka is, as its name indicates ("Bra", the start, and "Ka", the infinite, the spirit), a musical genre which originates in the African tradition while integrating the urban influences arising in each period.

Ray Lema © Emmanuel Bovet
Ray Lema © Emmanuel Bovet

Ray Lema & Saka Saka Band - DRC

Saturday May 28th at 8.00 pm - duration 1 hour 30 mins.

With his Western training (seminary, classical music, piano), Ray Lema is one of the most curious African musicians (in all senses of the word). Constantly searching for novelties, discoveries and inspiration, he continues to wander the planet to enhance his work, which forms a synthesis between African music and sounds from across the world. Ray appears with a big band as the special guest of the festival and he will perform the album "99", a utopian vision in which discrimination is transformed into fraternity.

musical salons

Claude Lévi-Strauss theater

free access on presentation of a museum entrance ticket and subject to available places

Mounawar © Ronan Lechat
Mounawar © Ronan Lechat


Thursday May 19th at 8.00 pm - duration 1 hour

Mounawar's musical performances with their afro rhythms are intense representations of the Indian Ocean. With a basis of traditional Comorian music: M’godro, Chigoma, N’kandza, etc., he also finds influences in Indian Ocean afro, funk and afro beat. He won the RFI discovery award in 2007 and appeared in the discovery category at the Printemps de Bourges festival in 2008.

Julia Sarr © Julie Martin
Julia Sarr © Julie Martin

Julia Sarr - Senegal

Thursday May 26th at 8.00 pm - duration 1 hour

This singer'swonderful clear tone comes from her faultless technique and the exceptional emotional power that emanates from her voice.  She has participated over the last few years in a considerable number of projects, both in the fields of African music and variety. But it is undoubtedly her association for more than ten years with the Congolese singer Lokua Kanza which has hitherto made the greatest impression and most significantly oriented her career.

cocktail concerts

theatre foyer

free access, subject to available places

Sambou Kouyaté © Swan
Djéli Moussa Condé

Djéli Moussa Condé

Thursday May 19th at 6.00 pm - duration 1 hour

As a replacement for Sambou Kouyaté.

Saïd Mesnaoui © DR
Saïd Mesnaoui © DR

Saïd Mesnaoui - MOROCCO

Friday May 20th at 6.00 pm - duration 1 hour

The music of Saïd Mesnaoui is above all a door to the world. This is why he is constantly working to create bridges, whether between musicians from Quebec, France or elsewhere, or through diverse musical influences. His role as an artist is to transmit messages of peace, joy and hope. Music is his chosen medium for sharing and exchange between cultures.

Adama Adepoju © Seydou Gueye
Adama Adepoju © Seydou Gueye


Saturday 21st and Friday 27th May at 6.00 pm - duration 1 hour

In Abidjan slang, a maquis is a bistro, a cafe, a restaurant... It is a modern palaver tree. Food and drink circulate; amusing anecdotes, traditional stories, rumours, dirty jokes and spices intermingle. Words succeed words: they cross, complement each other, sometimes turn into song, contradict each other, clash, bend, tumble... this is a rebellion of words.

Patrick Bebey © Marco Stepniak
Patrick Bebey © Marco Stepniak

Patrick Bebey, solo - CAMEROON

Thursday May 26th at 6.00 pm - duration 1 hour

In addition to being a popular musician, Patrick Bebey possesses vocal techniques which have their roots in the heritage of his origins. His music mixes African roots with jazz influences, creating a fusion of original and cosmopolitan sounds. In his solo shows, Patrick Bebey sings in Duala, plays the piano, the pygmy flute and the sanza, and reveals the natural beauty contained within these traditional instruments.

Paamath © Isabelle Gabrieli
Paamath © Isabelle Gabrieli

Paamath - Senegal

Saturday May 28th at 6.00 pm - duration 1 hour

Musician, singer and composer, in the 1990s he founded the duo Buru with which he played throughout Europe, western Africa and Canada (Quebec). He returns today as a solo performer with his guitar, a "loop station" pedal and songs in French, Wolof and Buru. His repertoire is extremely broad both in rhythm and effects.

contemporary dance

Claude Lévi-Strauss theater

free access on presentation of a museum entrance ticket and subject to available places

Traditional Future © Antoine Combier
Traditional Future © Antoine Combier


Sunday May 22nd at 5.00 pm - duration 45 minutes

How can we develop from Tradition towards Modernity without erasing our traces and betraying our roots? A typical and self-taught dancer and choreographer Anuang'a is supported and inspired in her subject by Maasai songs with their ancestral memories and powerful rhythm; the essential motor behind her movements.

A journey of discovery with a mind open to the traditions of the future, the dancer seeks a way for Maasai dance to fully participate in the present. She considers the vertical energy of the Maasai jumps too clichéd and simplistic. As such, Anuang'a attempts, with disconcerting skill, to develop the "wave", an undulating movement with a long history.

Her third solo, entitled "Traditional future", is faithful to the symbolic Maasai roots of the Moran, the young warrior, and the earth of the Village. Anuang'a seeks a more profound energy and a more liberating means of expression.



maquis bar

theater foyer

open every day from Thursday 19th to Sunday 29th May 2011 during the museum opening hours
free access subject to available places

"Maquis" is a Corsican French word commonly used in French and in French-speaking Africa to designate a type of informal venue for music, dance, games and drinking. In Africa, maquis are, above all, extremely popular venues for eating.  But they are also places for relaxation, encounters, exchanges and to let off steam. 

Maquis are relatively discreet, unofficial venues, without a street front and with nothing to identify their function. Whether discreet or actually hidden, their existence is transmitted by word of mouth, just like the maquisards of the French Resistance. The African maquis clandos (clandestine) enable illegal immigrants, exiles, artists, students, workers and executives to rediscover the ambiance of the countryside and to celebrate together.

Important venues for nocturnal and cultural life, some large maquis in the capitals or major towns of French-speaking Africa act as launching pads for the careers of local artists; principally singers and musicians.

Their spontaneous architectural styles, created from recycled materials and the non-homogeneity of the spaces sometimes produce a cocktail of flavors: of mild and spicy, sweet and bitter, in which all five senses are stimulated.

The "Afrique dans tous les sens" festival recreates a maquis in the theater foyer, where the public can mingle, sit, watch and talk. The visitor can also discover an imaginary maquis space in a real context, in the form of a giant installation displayed during the festival, where items such as recovered materials, video installations and design objects intermingle. A Palaver tree is set up in the Theâtre de Verdure.




théâtre de verdure and garden

free access

Les Grandes Personnes © Seydou Gueye
Les Grandes Personnes © Seydou Gueye

les Grandes Personnes

Saturday 21st and 28th May at 5.00 pm and Sunday 22nd and 29th May at 3.00 pm

Giant puppets emerge above the houses and dance through the streets among the inhabitants. Adults become children again and all eyes are wide open to take in the giant figures who overlap the field of view in all directions. Necks extend and arms are raised to reach these fabulous visitors.

The puppets are men, women, children and animals who draw us into a world of stories. With surprising subtleness they lead us through the streets to rediscover our towns and villages with a different eye. Walking turns into dancing to the rhythm of the griots, and we are suddenly caught up in the waltz of the giants.

One of the special features of this company is the interplay between the group of puppets and the musicians. The wonderful artistic creations move to the sounds of balafons and djembes. The griots call and the dance of the puppets answers. This dialogue gives an unusual rhythm to the parade, drawing in the public.



conferences and encounters

Jacques Kerchache Reading Room

free access, subject to available places


Hosted by Souleymane Koly, sociologist, theatrical director, director-founder of the Kotéba company of Abidjan  
In partnership with Africultures

Saturday 21st May at 3.00 pm

One of the major ideas prevalent in the cultural field among the founding fathers of pan-Africanism, among progressive intellectuals on the eve of Independence and in post-colonial "revolutionary" states was the imperative need to reclaim patrimonial heritage, to take inspiration from it and to resuscitate it, in order to create a platform upon which to found contemporary creation.

Fifty years later, what have we achieved?





free access, subject to available places


a program by Thierry Sinda, journalist and cinema critic

Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th, Friday 27th and Sunday 29th May - screenings at 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm

The last ten years have seen the appearance of a  new generation of Antillean film-makers whose films have benefited from commercial exploitation in cinemas in the Antilles and in metropolitan France. We have therefore witnessed the emergence of a cinéma d’auteur movement in the context of a duty to remember but also within commercial cinema. 

Including Guy Deslauriers, Camille Mauduech and Sylviane Dampierre among others, the new generation of film-makers working on remembrances of the Antilles brings to the screen different aspects or episodes of its history: the biography of André Aliker (Aliker by Guy Deslauriers), the "Basse-Pointe 16" case (Les 16 de Basse Pointe by Camille Mauduech), the issue of the acquisition of patronyms after the abolition of slavery (Le Pays à l'envers by Sylvaine Dampierre) or the origins of the beguine (Biguine by Guy Deslauriers) and exposes the social and political history of the Antilles through fiction or documentary.

Other film-makers work on more commercial subjects, such as Pascal Légitimus (Antilles sur Seine), Lucien Jean-Baptiste (La Première Etoile), Jean-Claude Flamand (Negmarron), or Marc Barrat (Orpailleur).

Wednesday May 25th at 2.30 pm - Neg Marron

Jean-Claude Flamand, 2004 / 1h35 / Guadeloupe

Wednesday May 25th at 4.30 pm - Les 16 de Basse-Pointe

Camille Mauduech, 2008 / 1h48 / Martinique

Thursday May 26th at 2.30 pm  - Orpailleur

Marc Barrat, 2010 / 1h30 / France

Thursday May 26th at 4.30 pm - Biguine

Guy Deslauriers, 2009 / 1h50 / Martinique

Friday May 27th at 2.30 pm - Aliker

Guy Deslauriers, 2009 / 1h50 / Martinique

Friday May 27th at 4.30 pm - Le Pays à l’envers

Sylvaine Dampierre, 2007 / 1h30 / France

Sunday May 29th 2011 at 2.30 pm - Map-Ternité

Luc Saint-Eloy, 2008 / 13mn / France

Sunday May 29th 2011 at 3 pm - 1802, l’épopée guadeloupéenne

Christian Lara, 2005 / 1h40 / France

Sunday May 29th 2011 at 5 pm - Round table: « the new generation of Antillean cinema »


lecture room, workshops or theater foyer

free access with registration


Saturday 21st and 28th May from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm - duration 6 hours (2 x 3 hours, from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and from 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm, followed by 15 minute review)


Assemble, play and take away your own musical instrument - a Likembé or thumb piano

The workshop will be followed by a review with the musician in the maquis space in the theater foyer, at 4.30 pm.

In order to enable the greatest possible number of both children and adults to discover this fantastically simple instrument, Lulendo leads a day workshop where registered participants can create their own Likembé. At the end of the workshop, and after tuning, you will be able to play your instruments together and share in the wonderful melody created. The whole event will be led by the artist in an atmosphere of participation and conviviality. Afterwards, each participant gets to take their instrument home.


for 12 children maximum, from 9 years
lecture room 2
mandatory registration 

Sam Tshabalala © Seydou Gueye
Sam Tshabalala © Seydou Gueye


Dance with Wellington boots

Sunday 22nd and Wednesday 25th May from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm - duration 2 hours

This workshop gives an overview of the richness and diversity of ethnicities in South Africa through the Gumboot dance and polyphonic singing, which are among the most representative artistic expressions of South African culture. 

During these few hours of initiatory workshop where singing is mingled with dance, you will learn to listen to your heart as it gives you rhythm, to be with others and to listen to others, all with the aim of achieving unison and shared pleasure. In a spirit of openness, this workshop encourages dialogue with others, discipline linked to work and above all the respect for oneself and others during enjoyment.

for families (20 people maximum)
workshop 2/3 (22nd May) and theater foyer (25th May)
mandatory registration


théâtre de verdure

free access, subject to available places


Wednesday May 25th at 2.30 pm - duration 45 minutes

The Djimiko performance is created from the weaving together of stories and testimonies collected on the theme of water in the following countries: Ivory Coast, Niger, Guinea, Cape Verde, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso.

Taxi conteur © Seydou Gueye
Taxi conteur © Seydou Gueye

Taxi storyteller: Massa Dambali

Sunday May 29th at 2.30 pm - duration 45 minutes

Massa Dambali recounts the origins of the world; when the world was just a bare egg on the surface of the water. Massa Dambali, king uncreated, king unlimited, creates the first race of humans: the Fara-sinsins. The king of the Fara-sinsins, who became master of gold and silver thanks to the advice of N'TORI-the-toad, has also become powerful and arrogant. He rebels against Massa Dambali, his creator. An epic struggle to rule the world has begun...


théâtre de verdure and garden

free access, subject to available places

Baïfall Dream © Stéphane Tourne
Baïfall Dream © Stéphane Tourne


Sunday May 29th at 5.00 pm

Stylist/designer, creator of Baifall Dream, "The dream of the colors of art"

Born with creation in his blood - his father had a jewelry workshop - and with twenty years' experience in fashion behind him, including numerous fashion shows throughout Europe, Africa and the rest of the world, Mike Sylla is the figurehead of African fashion creation. This Senegalese creator, who was a key actor in the cultural activism movement of the late 1980s, today revisits vintage leather/suede clothing with recycling in mind. His preferred materials are ennobled to give them a colorful second life: an atypical undertaking for this fashion creator who embodies perfect alchemy between Senegal and the West. Using ethical labour for hand production combined with intense artistic expression, he creates ultra-glamorous garments which embellish and magnify the wearer, transforming them into a human work of art.





6:00 pm: cocktail concert  Sambou Kouyaté - Senegal
8.00 pm : musical salon Mounawar - Reunion-Comoros


6:00 p.m: cocktail concert  Saïd Mesnaoui - Morocco
8:00 pm: concert Daara J Family - Senegal


9.30 am: workshop  Likembé, with Lulendo - Angola
3:00 pm: conference The place of heritage in contemporary creation, with Souleymane Koly

5.00 pm: stroll Les Grandes Personnes

6.00 pm: cocktail concert: Taxi storyteller Paroles de maquis - Ivory Coast
8.00 pm: concert Mariana Ramos - Cape Verde


11.30 am: workshop Gumboot dance, with Sam Tshabalala - South Africa
3:00 pm: stroll Les Grandes Personnes
5:00 pm: dance performance Traditional future by Anuang’A Fernando - Kenya


11.30 am: workshop Gumboot dance, with Sam Tshabalala - South Africa
2.30 pm: film  The new generation of Antillean cinema
2.30 pm: storytelling Taxi storyteller Djimiko
4.30 pm: film The new generation of Antillean cinema


2.30 pm: film The new generation of Antillean cinema
4.30 pm: film The new generation of Antillean cinema
6.00 pm: cocktail concert Patrick Bebey, solo - Cameroon
8.00 pm: musical salon Julia Sarr - Senegal



2.30 pm: film The new generation of Antillean cinema
4.30 pm: film The new generation of Antillean cinema
6.00 pm: cocktail concert Taxi storyteller Paroles de maquis - Ivory Coast
8:00 pm: concert So Kalmery - DRC


9.30 am: workshop  Likembé with Lulendo - Angola
5.00 pm: stroll Les Grandes Personnes
6.00 pm: cocktail concert  Paamath - Senegal
8.00 pm: concert Ray Lema & Saka Saka Band - DRC


2.30 pm: storytelling Taxi storyteller Massa Dambali
2.30 pm: film The new generation of Antillean cinema
3:00 pm: wandering  Les Grandes Personnes
4:30 pm: film The new generation of Antillean cinema
5:00 pm: fashion show Mike Sylla - Senegal