Festival au Désert 2015

Fifth edition - Programme

July 2, 2015 - July 3, 2015 19:00

Complesso delle Murate in Florence | IT

Free admission
Infoline 0552638480

After the successful concert of Boubacar Traoré at Stazione Leopolda, the Festival arrives at the heart of Florence, in the space of Le Murate, with guests from around the world.

Among the protagonists of the two-day event: Greg Cohen (USA), the bassist of Tom Waits and John Zorn, the balafon virtuoso Aly Keita (Mali), the charming and talented singer Awa Ly (France/Senegal), the Sicilian percussionist Alfio Antico (Italy), the drummer and director of the Festival Gnawa of Essaouira Karim Ziad (France/Algeria), the cellist Vincent Segal (France), the Gwana musician and singer  Hamid El Kasri (Morocco) and the supergroup MALIKANW / Caravane Culturelle pour la Paix with Ali Farka Touré’s singer and guitarist Samba Touré.



Thursday, July 2 
h 19:00 “The Mediterranean as an emergency. Fleeing populations and the humanitarian crisis”, meeting with Gabriele Eminente, general director of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders
h 21:00 Alfio Antico (Italy), percussions
h 21:30 Karim Ziad (France/Algeria), drums, percussions; Hamid El Kasri (Morocco), vocals, guembri; Kacim Fouitah (Morocco), percussions
h 22.30 MALIKANW / Caravane Culturelle pour la Paix (Mali)
Samba Touré (guitar, vocals), Ousmane Goro (guitar, vocals), Arouna Moussa Coulibaly (guitar, vocals), Cheik Siriman Sissoko (bass, vocals), Issa Samake (drums)


Friday, July 3 
h 19:00 meeting “Mobility as a cultural project. The Mediterranean as an opportunity” meeting by Associazione Con.Me Contemporaneo Mediterraneo
h 21:00 Awa Ly (France/Senegal), vocals;  Greg Cohen (USA), double bass; Vincent Segal (France), cello; Massimo Giangrande (Italy), guitars; Aly Keita (Mali), balafon
h 21:45 Greg Cohen (USA), double bass; Vincent Segal (France), cello; Aly Keita (Mali), balafon
h 22:45 AZALAI – Musiques du Monde
Karim Ziad (France/Algeria), drums, percussions; Hamid El Kasri (Morocco), vocals, guembri; Vincent Segal (France), cello; Greg Cohen (USA), double bass; Aly Keita (Mali), balophon; Dimitri Grechi Espinoza, sax


With the support of the Municipality of Florence / Estate Fiorentina, Institut français / Fondation Nouveaux Mécènes
In collaboration with Caffè Letterario Le Murate, Le Murate. Progetti Arte Contemporanea,
Associazione Transafrica, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders
The concerts of the Francophone and French artists are part of La Francia in Scena, the new artistic season of the Institut français Italy. The event is an initiative of the French Embassy in Italy and is organized by the Institut français Italy, with the support of the Institut français and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Ministry of Education and Research – High Artistic, Musical and Choreutic Education, the European Commission, The Fondation Nouveaux Mécènes, the Sacem and the partners Il Gioco del Lotto and Edison.


















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