With about two and a half months to go before downtown Lafayette comes alive with music in April, Festival International de Louisiane on Wednesday released the eclectic lineup for its 2015 world music celebration.
festival Marketing Director April Courville.
“We have some really great international acts like we always do, but it’s really diverse,” Courville said. “There’s a mix of acts that people are familiar with, but there are also local acts and groups that are more up-and-coming. It touches on a lot of different audiences.”
Rapping in five different languages — English, French, Kreyol, Spanish and Portuguese — Quebec hip hop supergroup Nomadic Massive will make their festival debut this year.
“They’re really going to add to the diversity of the lineup,” Courville said. “We’re really excited about that.”
Ukrainian folk quartet DakhaBrakha, with its mix of Indian, Russian, Arabic and Australian sounds, will be one of the headlining acts this year.
The group gained fame after a performance at Bonnaroo led to a “best breakout band of the festival” by Rolling Stone Magazine.
“They have this really unique performance with drums and costumes,” Courville said. “It’s really cool to see them perform.”
Returning this year is Grammy-winning African icon Angelique Kidjo.
Her fusion of afropop, Caribbean zouk, Congolese rumba, jazz, gospel and Latin made her a no-brainer to invite back to the festival, Courville said.
“She’s probably one of the acts that have been requested to return the most,” she said.
One of the biggest things happening this year, Courville said, will be an after party hosted by Big Freedia at NiteTown on Friday night of the festival, with a live performance by Big Freedia herself.
The event is a fundraiser for Festival International de Louisiane, and tickets are required.
“All of the proceeds from the concert hosted at NiteTown are going to go back to the festival,” Courville said. “We’re excited to have an after party. It’s another funnel to support the festival with a fundraiser.”
Times for when these artists will play will be announced at a later date.
For information and a complete line-up, visit festivalinternational.org.
The 29th Festival International de Louisiane will take place April 22-26.