Thursday 27/10/11 21:00 | Koncerthuset: Foyer Stage 2
Occitan-Brazilian blues inspired by the musical melting pot of '30s Marseilles.
Like other great seaports such as Liverpool and New Orleans, Marseilles has long been a musical melting-pot of intercontinental influences, albeit one whose international profile is not so well recognised. Moussu T e lei Jovents was founded by singer Tatou and guitarist and banjo player Blu, known local heroes from the Massilia Sound System, pioneers of Occitan-speaking ragamuffin. They've turned for inspiration to the Marseilles of the 1930s, when the air was humming with songs of the Provencal, operettas, blues, jazz and sounds of the Caribbean, North African and Brazilian music and more. This is the background for their indefinably familiar-sounding songs redolent with both the smell of the sea and the smoky intimacy of a harbour-front dance hall permeated with the rhythms of the universal blues.