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La Fête de la Musique
Friday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m.
at La Maison Française | Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road, NW – Washington, D.C. 20007
Admission: FREE – reservations required / cash concessions
Parking is available on Reservoir Road and across the street at Georgetown University Hospital’s pay lot. If using public transportation, the D6 Metro Bus drops off directly in front of the Embassy of France.
On Friday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m., La Maison Française at the Embassy of France opens its doors to Washingtonians for La Fête de la Musique. Capturing the true spirit of the summer solstice celebration founded in 1982, this free event will be dedicated to live music, with performances by Washington’s Origem, presenting a mix of Brazilian, jazz, funk and rock; and Cheick Hamala Diabate, a historian and performer who will take us on a cultural journey with his magical West African songs.
Simultaneously around the world on June 21st, the Fête de la Musique will be presented on five continents, 110 countries and over 430 cities. We look forward to welcoming the public to the Embassy of France’s La Maison Francaise for a festive three hours of music and dance!
7:45/8 p.m.: Origem
8:30 p.m.: Origem (second set)
9:30 p.m. Cheick Hamala Diabate
Casual; be ready to dance! Many guests will be coming straight from work, so we imagine that it will lean a little bit more towards business casual.
ADDRESS / PARKING / PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
1) La Maison Francaise is located at the Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd., NW, Washington, DC 20007.
2) If driving, street parking will be available on Reservoir Road and throughout the surrounding neighborhoods. Also, there is a pay lot located across the street at Georgetown University Hospital.
3) If using public transportation, the D6 Metro Bus drops off directly in front of the Embassy of France.
SECURITY / CHECK-IN
You must have a ticket to enter. Entry will not be allowed without a ticket. Please print your tickets and have your ID out and ready when you arrive. It will make check-in a lot easier and faster. All tickets will be scanned following an ID/security check. For those of you that would like to conserve paper, our scanners will be able to read the QR code on your iPhone or Android device.
WHAT’S NOT ALLOWED
- Large bags and backpacks;
- Outside beverages and food;
- Anything illegal.
We’re expecting well over 1,000 people, so we kindly ask for your patience and understanding when waiting in line to check-in or purchase food and drinks.
This is scheduled as a standing event. There will be extremely limited seating.
CONCESSIONS / ATM
Food and drink will be available for sale. Maison Francaise has a public ATM; however, we suggest bringing cash. Please note: You must be 21+ to drink alcohol.
About the artists
Brazilian music group Origem has been performing in the Washington Metropolitan area for over
15 years. The group's mission is to bring awareness of Brazilian culture through music. Origem has performed in many local and national music festivals and venues that include The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Sculpture Gardens at the National Gallery of Art, the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, Blues Alley Jazz Club, The Carter Baron Amphitheater, The Rosslyn Jazz Festival, Lake Anne Jazz Festival, Taste of DC Festival, and Montgomery College World Arts Festival.
Origem has performed with internationally recognized musicians that include Frederico Pena, Gregoire Marett, Benito Gonzales, Alex Brown, Alex Han, Vince Evans, Leo Gandelman, Raul Mascarenhas, Dan Reynolds, and Peter Fraize.
The group performs a variety of Brazilian music styles from the Southeast and Northeast regions of Brazil such as Samba, Bossa Nova , Forro, Afoxe and Maracatu, mixed with jazz, funk, rock, and other styles to create a unique blend like no other. Origem was awarded a grant by DC Arts Commission in 1998 to record its first album IJEXA. In addition, Alejandro and Leonardo Lucini have been nominated for Best Latin Musicians by The Washington Area Music Association.
“The Lucini Brothers (Origem) are the nexus of a growing Latin jazz scene in Washington…
spreading the rhythmic godpel of their homeland” – The Washington Post
“[Origem] played an infectious set with some serious grooves for dancing and some mellow tunes
that helped soak up the hot, setting sun”— CapitolBop
CHEICK HAMALA DIABATÉ
Cheick Hamala Diabate is a West African historian in the Griot tradition, and a world-recognized master of the ngoni, a Malian traditional instrument. A sought after performer, lecturer, storyteller and choreographer throughout Africa, Europe, Asia and Canada, Cheick Hamala began touring in the U.S. in 1995. His performances have been featured at such notable venues as The Smithsonian Institute, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest and many of the top festivals across the US.
A steward of the 800 year-old tradition of the Griot, the storytellers of West Africa, Cheick Hamala shares the oral history, music and song of his culture as it was passed on to him from birth by parent to child. At an early age, Cheick Hamala easily mastered the ngoni, a stringed lute and ancestor to the banjo. He later learned to play the guitar from his uncle, legendary Super Rail Band guitarist Djelimady Tounkara.
At age 12, Cheick Hamala was invited to the National Institute of Arts in Bamako, Mali's Capital, where he studied music, graphic arts, cinema, literature and theatre. He began his international performing career upon graduation, learning from and playing with the full pantheon of Malian musical greats, including Toumani Diabate (a first cousin), Oumou Sangare, Ali Farka Toure and Salif Keita to name but a few. Upon coming to the US, Cheick Hamala was intrigued by the resemblance between his beloved ngoni and the American banjo, even sharing tunings and picking styles. He has since learned to play the banjo at a virtuosic level, including collaborations with Bela Fleck and Bob Carlin.