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Rapper, poet and composer, Le R 1er, aka Christian Djohossou cheerfully brings a mix of rhythm and poetry, influenced by traditional african and afro-brazilian rhythms. Through the poetry of his lyrics he builds a unique and fascinating universe, full of sensitiviy. His song « La Cité des 333 Saints » (« The City of 333 Saints », refering to Timbuktu) wins the Trille Or Award for the Radio-Canada song (CBC).

Born in Benin (West Africa), he spent most of his youth in the city of Cotonou. At 16, life leads him to North America where he settles after a long detour by Guinea-Conakry.

Marco et les Torvis

Sunday September 25th from 2 pm to 3:30 pm : In front of the Centre Francophone, on Van Norman Street.

MARCO et les Torvis (markohélétorvice) is festive music, horns, harmonica and everyday lyrics. Marco sings his stories in the language of his grandfather and searches for expressions lost along the highways of Quebec.

Stories with real and not so real characters, breathtaking harmonies, brass arrangements à la Brian Setzer, a country sound resembling Johnny Cash and tunes that "stick in your head" make MARCO AND Torvis one of the most promising groups on the emerging scene.

A stunning show fraught with constant interaction with the public, leave you wanting more. Made up of equally versatile and seasoned musicians, this band is sure to deliver an excellent show.  Marco always knows how to make you move.

Marco et les Torvis push back the limits of conventionality to deliver a festive and energetic show. Charismatic, twisted and scathing, Marco and six musicians keep us on edge from beginning to end. An infusion of rock, swing and traditional music that raises the roof.