2021 PROGRAM

PROGRAMM

On Saturday 02 October, theZIMIX Festival offers an African evening with Afro concerts and on Sunday 03 October, a Swiss evening with Jazz concerts.

ARTISTS

Discover all the artists of the ZIMIX Festival 2021 programme

AFRICAN DAY


Saturday 02 October 2021

6PM - 1AM

AFRO Concerts

PERFORMANCE HALL

RENENS

SAUTI SOL

KEROZEN is an artist, author, composer and performer of Ivorian origin. This talented artist surprises and innovates in the world of the coupe décalé. It perfectly links tradition and modernity. He sings for men and women, for young and old, for rich and poor. Kerozen is the child prodigy.

Far from the clashes and the spotlight, he works hard to deliver a kind and benevolent word. It is thanks to his work and his taste for perfection that the public discovers successful texts and carefully crafted melodies. Through his musical universe, he expresses a depth, a sensitivity and a new originality in the African scene.

The young Yobo Constant Joel, known as Kerozen, made his debut with the Boulevard Dj Formation. Indeed, in 2005, the “motorbike dance” conquered all the maquis of Abidjan and beyond. After a few years of silence, the duo of Zéphy conore is now on its own.

Kerozen is steeped in multiple musical influences, his passion is unbridled. Since his return in 2016 with “mon heure a sonné” (my time has come) he has been smashing and accumulating millions of views on Youtube.
The time has come; it’s time to get ready to dance with the release of his album.

LADY PONCE

Lady Ponce is a musician, storyteller, author and composer of Cameroonian origin. Country in the Central African region, just above the equator.
His whole childhood was lulled by music in general, but particularly Bitkutsi, which is both a traditional music and dance of Cameroon.
This folk and cultural music “Fang” “Béti”, the people of Central Africa from which it takes its roots, is the soil from which it draws most of its inspiration.
She became known to the general public thanks to her legendary hit “le ventre et le bas ventre” in 2004 and since then, she has released a series of successful albums that are often sung along by her fans during her concerts.
After a lavish thirteen-year career, the songs on the singer’s albums are regularly rewarded by her fans and music professionals.
LADY PONCE will make history at the Olympia in Paris on 10 September 2022, adding another stone to her already tall and successful building.
It will be enchanting to see her, to listen to her bewitching voice, her body dripping with sweat from the hot African sun, and the undulations of her body to get rid of its heat

MARCUS LYON

With an experience of more than 15 years in the event industry, Marcus Lyon is a DJ & MC of Cameroonian origin and Belgian culture who made his first steps on the decks of the salsa bar in Brussels. With a residence established today in the canton of Vaud (Switzerland), the full-time nurse (Marcus Lyon), declines the offers of resident DJ in clubs that open their arms to him, to launch himself in 2010 in a style of his own, which he calls: DJ & MC for mix and remix live stage It is in this very precise style that he will distinguish himself and will have the chance to accompany on stage renowned musicians as well as young artists of the Belgian musical scene.

He has also been able to perform on club and lounge stages, for private events. You will have understood it is a DJ & MC who mixes and remixes Urban in a style of his own: THE REMIX LIVE STAGE.

From this set of anglicisms, the rhythms he masters with passion are AFROBEAT HIP-HOP / DEEP HOUSE RNB / KIZOMBA / NAIJA OLD SCHOOL /DANCE HALL

As a newcomer to the Vaud region, Marcus Lyon has already performed at a number of major events:

  • DJ & MC for major Riviera matches
  • Lakers for the 2018/2019 season MC for the concept
  • Fawless au MAD sis à Lausanne
  • DJ & MC for MKC EVENTS at the super production of the international artist Flavour 2019
  • DJ & MC for many Queency parties in Lausanne 2019
  • DJ & MC on August 1st for a great Urban & Latino night at the bar des îles during the : Fête des vignerons 2019
  • DJ & MC at the Carré in Vevey for an Urban & Latino party 2019

DJ & MC at NOWADAY in Vevey for a Halloween party 2019

CHRISTIAN MUKUNA

Comedian & Comic – Presenter

Christian Mukuna is a 30-year-old Swiss comedian and actor of Congolese origin. He started acting in high school and quickly developed a taste for comedy and the stage. He acted in high school plays and later in the web series Cliftown and Swissmaker. He was also spotted by the RTS, which offered him a role in the TV series Station Horizon. In parallel, he acted in several short films, some of which won awards at the Fribourg and Solothurn festivals. The doors opened little by little and various film collaborations were created in the Neuchâtel region and in French-speaking Switzerland.

He has always enjoyed making his family and friends laugh. Humour is also a way for him to combat the racism he has faced. It is therefore not by chance that he won the Morges-sous-rire comedy competition in 2015. This victory will allow him to go on an international tour, notably to the Marrakech du rire, the Voorire in Liège and the ComediHa in Quebec to present his one-man show “Suisse AOC”.

SWISS DAY


Sunday 03 October 2021

5PM - 10 PM

JAZZ Concerts

PERFORMANCE HALL

RENENS

GRAND PIANORAMAX

Switzerland | Soul, Jazz, Groove, Classical

Grand Pianoramax is an unusual band in the Swiss landscape. A real stage phenomenon, the duo, now augmented by Gaspard Sommer and Angelo Powers on vocals, has been able to evolve according to the inspirations and desires of its creator, keyboardist Léo Tardin, but also to the new waves of jazz in perpetual evolution. If the English scene has strongly influenced this new album, the arrival of Gaspard Sommer who sings in French brings a touch of poetry, while maintaining the groove that has made Grand Pianoramax famous throughout the world.

After a 4-year break, Grand Pianoramax is back with “Past Forwards”, a new EP released in September 2020. Resolutely danceable, this new opus revives the aesthetics of his first productions such as “Starlite”, released as a single in 2003 with Jojo Mayer and which has since become a classic of acid jazz / broken beats.

Grand Pianoramax is also :

  • soon 350’000 Spotify streams of the track “Carefree” from the last album released in 2016.
  • concerts in major international venues such as Tokyo Jazz Festival (twice: 2014 and 2015), Paléo (Club Tent 2014), Berlin Philharmonic (1015), Rock Altitude (2013), Jazz à La Villette et La Défense (Paris, 2011), Palac Akropolis (Prague, 2012) Cully Jazz (Chapiteau 2011 and Next Step 2016), South by SouthWest (Austin, 2011), Istanbul Jazz Festival (2009), to name but a few
  • a definite reference and influence from the mid-2000s on the European electro jazz scene, still relevant today.

collaborations with modern drumming visionaries such as Jojo Mayer and Deantoni Parks, and progressive slammers/rappers made in the US including Black Cracker, Mike Ladd, Invicible and Frenchman Spleen.

AFRA KANE

Switzerland | Alternative – Soul, Jazz, Classical

Winner of the 2019 Montreux Jazz Talent Award, Afra Kane is an Italian pianist, singer and composer with a wide variety of musical and cultural backgrounds, resulting from different influences of Classical, Jazz, Motown and Afro-gospel music. His music is a beautiful blend of jazz nuances, embedded in classical influences, balanced by a powerful voice.

She has just released her new single ‘Building’ which has been very well received by radio stations in Switzerland and Europe with appearances on BBC introducing and Jazz Fm. Her single “Mouth Shut” was selected as ‘record of the week’ on BBC introducing last year and her debut EP “Scorpio”, released in January 2019 and self-produced in collaboration with Christophe Farine, saw her selected for the Montreux Jazz Live Talent Awards.

Afra Kane was the guest artist on Jack Savoretti‘s Italian tour, in Padua, Milan and Rome respectively. She has performed at venues such as the Bee-flat, Festi’neuch, Montreux Jazz Festivaland the St.Moritz Jazz Festival and Rockwood Music Hall, NYC.

Elle a participé au Montreux Jazz Academy sous la direction artistique de Snarky Puppy, et le mentorat de China Moses, Anne Pacéo et John Mclaughlin.

Her latest release is her single ‘Building’.

LEON PHAL 5

Switzerland | Jazz, Groove

A promising saxophonist,Léon Phal is part of this young generation of jazz musicians who have been fed up with the classics, from which he frees himself while paying tribute to each note with brio, whether it be Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor or D’Angelo’s “Voodoo.

Surrounded by his lifelong accomplices, his mastery of the instrument, his incredible sense of melody and the delicacy of his compositions amplified by a devastating groove, augur well for the future of this Franco-Swiss native of Aÿ in Champagne.

A freshness and talent that have not escaped the attention of the Nancy Jazz Pulsations and Jazz à Vienne festivals, where he is one after the other the winner of the 2019 springboards. Awarded the title of “Revelation” by Jazz News and Jazz Magazine for the release of his first album “Canto Bello”,Léon Phal leads a brilliant quintet whose influences and imagination inspire remarkable improvisations. If he is already flirting with the big boys of contemporary jazz, there is no doubt that his breath, his curiosity and his free spirit will take him far. Produced as part of the RéZZo Focal Jazz à Vienne, published on the latest of the ambitious Parisian jazz labels Kyudo Records, his new album “Dust to Stars” is a marvellous example of what we love most about this new jazz scene: his free and kinetic interpretation of the music, combined with a solid base of references – acquired for the most part by the group on the benches of the Conservatoire and the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne – A jazz whose influences and colours touch everyone’s musical sensitivities, desecrating access to the genre

CHRISTIAN MUKUNA

Comedian & Comic – Presenter

Christian Mukuna is a 30-year-old Swiss comedian and actor of Congolese origin. He started acting in high school and quickly developed a taste for comedy and the stage. He acted in high school plays and later in the web series Cliftown and Swissmaker. He was also spotted by the RTS, which offered him a role in the TV series Station Horizon. In parallel, he acted in several short films, some of which won awards at the Fribourg and Solothurn festivals. The doors opened little by little and various film collaborations were created in the Neuchâtel region and in French-speaking Switzerland.

He has always enjoyed making his family and friends laugh. Humour is also a way for him to combat the racism he has faced. It is therefore not by chance that he won the Morges-sous-rire comedy competition in 2015. This victory will allow him to go on an international tour, notably to the Marrakech du rire, the Voorire in Liège and the ComediHa in Quebec to present his one-man show “Suisse AOC”.

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ZIMIX Festival 2021