Élage Diouf, Rômmel Ribeiro Headlining Mosaïq Back to News

Élage Diouf will be the headliner at the free concert, taking place Friday, July 19, during the Mosaïq Multicultural Festival, while Rômmel Ribeiro will be in the spotlight on Saturday, July 20.   Élage Diouf left Senegal for Canada in 1996. He quickly gets involved in the Québec music scene, most notably in projects with Les Colocs, Loco Locass, Ariane Moffat, and many others. In 2003, with his brother Karim, Élage releases a first album, which garners three ADISQ nominations. The brothers then travel all around the world with the Cirque du Soleil, in their Delirium show. In 2012, Élage is back on disc with a first solo album titles “Askil,” a wolof word meaning “welcome.” The singer-songwriter not only performs in his mother tongue, but also in French and in English. While the rhythms of his native country permeate his music, Élage also borrows from many other cultures, Celtic and Brazilian among others. “I’m a very inquisitive person,” says Élage in an interview with La Presse de Montréal. “When I visit a new city, I turn on the radio to hear the vibe. I love Sting, I listen to Peter Gabriel. I don’t see why I would limit myself to an African traditional percussion album.” In 2011, not only does he win the Juno in the World Music category, he gets chosen as Révélation Radio-Canada by Espace Musique and takes home the Galaxy Rising Star Award for his performances at Mundial Montréal.   Singer-songwriter & guitarist Rômmel Ribeiro was born into a family of accomplished musicians from São Luis de Maranhão in northern Brazil, where he gets the chance to meet and play with some of the great names of Brazilian music, Gilberto Gil and Chio Buarque among others. He lands in Canada in 2006, where he crosses paths with the People Project Band, exploring many facets of music, while mixing many cultural backgrounds. While honing his own style, Rômmel emerges with a mix of popular Brazilian music, reggae, afrobeat, funk and jazz, with lyrics in French, Portuguese, Spanish and English. In 2010, he receives the “Great Revelation” award at the Festival Nuits d’Afrique and the same year, wins the very first Diversity Award presented by the Arts Council of Montréal. In 2012, Rômmel releases his first album, “Ecolocio Recycle,” a collaboration with musicians from Ethiopia, Cameroon, France, and Brazil. His music is a reflection of his experience, living as a musician in a new country, surrounded by a multicultural mosaic. He is the Révélation Radio-Canada 2012-2013 for World music.  

Concert Schedule Mosaïq 2013


Friday, July 19th

4:30 pm     Triolet d’Nord 5:30 pm     Ten Strings and a Goat Skin 6:30 pm     Eastcoast Love Story 7:30 pm     H’Sao 8:30 pm     Keith Mullins 9:30 pm     Élage Diouf

Saturday, July 20th

4:30 pm     Arseneault 5:30 pm     Alan Jeffries 6:30 pm     Samantha Robichaud 7:30 pm     El Fuego 8:30 pm     John Boulay Blues Quartet 9:30 pm     Rommel Ribeiro

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