GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The 2012 Musiques Colorées free concerts, part of the series Musiques en été festival, takes place at the Ella Fitzgerald stage at La Grange Park every Wednesday and Friday from 6 July until 24 August. All concerts start at 20:30 sharp and last anywhere between 60 to 90 minutes.
The 11-year-old event is reminiscent of the popular Summer Stage in NYC’s Central Park, and specializes in World Beat music (hence the title musiques colorées). However, the 2012 repertoire features mostly European and North American-based artists ranging from chanson to jazz.
Some alternative sounds can be heard courtesy of Bonga a fun semba, kizomba & samba musician from Angola who sings highly melodic Portuguese-language & Angolan-dialect songs and promises to “bring the house down”; SMOD a Mali hip hop trio that mixes African music with urban lyrics and Tarrus Riley who brings some groovy reggae to Geneva.
The 2012 concerts kick off with UK artist soul songstress Alice Russel, followed by El Gusto, a French-Algerian group made up by Jewish and Muslim musicians. Eric Legnini “The Vox” featuring Hugh Coltman, also from the UK, will play in the park this summer.
Don’t forget your picnic, a blanket… and a candle or a flashlight. Find the full programme here.