Fête de la Musique by Anya C. Gonzales
Shimmering sky…check. Friendly faces…check. Groovy tunes…definitely.
Fête de la Musique, a yearly event organized by the Alliance Française of Trinidad and Tobago, together with the Copyright Music Organization of Trinidad and Tobago (COTT), brings all of the above to anyone who dares for a musical adventure.
The fête got its start in 1982 when The French Ministry for Culture (France) organised the festival. Now, it is held in more than a hundred countries in Europe and across the globe. The distinctive fête invites professional, amateur and other musicians to entertain intimate, as well as larger-scale crowds.
Once staged at the Boys Scout’s Association, then at Pier 1, this year’s fête will be staged on 21 June (the day of the Summer Solstice) and will be scattered across four venues in Port of Spain: Coco Lounge, Drink Wine Bar, Fiesta Plaza Movie Town and Shakers on the Avenue.
These different locations will inspire festivalgoers to pop in on locations well known to Trini limers and in turn drop in on eclectic mixes of music. Best of all, on that Thursday night, the entrance fee to all of the venues will be zero dollars and zero cents. Who says that good things do not come free? (The alcohol is on you though.)
It is that full scope of spicy-sweet music that will create a feel-good vibe, as the fête never limits itself to one genre. Patrons find themselves swaying, dancing and tapping their feet to melodies they may not have heard before. In 2011, for instance, Fête featured the likes of Gyazette’s calypso-rock, Dayo Bejude Jazz Project’s smooth tempos and Freetown Collective’s lyrically conscious tunes.
Last year the line-up also included: 12 the band, Nebula868, Mungal Patasar and Pantar. This year expect to be entertained with performances by: 3 Canal, Jointpop, Lil’ Bits, H20 Phlo and several other incredible artistes.
See you there as we celebrate making music!
Posted in on 18th Jun 2012