The annual free festival is a wonderfully eclectic celebration of world music.
Artists from all around the globe perform over two days on stages around the city at the MeYouZik festival. Artists performing on the place Guillaume II Wednesday 14 August include Seun Kuti, the youngest son of legendary Afrobeat godfather Fela Kuti, with Eygpt 80, and kora player Mamadou Diabate from Burkina Faso. Over on the Holy Ghost stage, Bantou Mentale plays heavy Congolese futurist funk and French trumpeter Etienne Sevet plays with his afro-Caribbean project The Bongo Hop.
On 15 August, a public holiday don’t forget, highlights include Haitian voodoo blues-rock singer Moonlight Benjamin and reggae and dub singer Winston McAnuff on the Knuedler. Over at the Holy Ghost the mock horror with glitchy beats of modern day risqué Music Hall troupeThe Gaslight Troubadours will provide early evening entertainment, while Brighton based Max Pashm, one of the early pioneers of fusing dance floor electronica and rave with traditional and vintage music from Eastern Europe, Greece, Middle East & North America, plays at 8.45 p.m.
The festival climaxes on place Guillaume II with energetic female quartet Ladama (photo by Sea Robin Studios), whose music reflects their origins in Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and the United States, and on the Holy Ghosdt Stage with Minyanta, a group that features UK based Mandinka and Wolof musicians from Gambia and Senegal, as well as musicians from the London jazz and electronic music scenes.
The traditional “MeYouVillage” featuring stands from different associations and Luxembourg NGOs will be hosted on Place Clairefontaine as usual.