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PAT KALLA et l

e Super Mojo

France/Cameroon

ROOTS ARENA STAGE - SATURDAY 13th JULY

Born in Lyon, from a Cameroonian father, musician and political activist, and a French and literary mother, Pat Kalla uses his music to explore his childhood; the Soul, the Slam, the Funk ... and the art of telling stories.

After years of touring alongside many bands (Conte & Soul, Legend of Eboa King, Mento Cloub, Voilaaa Sound System), his 2018 album Cobattant arrived to put a bit of primordial lightness in a rainy world: A tribute to the African culture in honor of a father with "Sawa" origins, the tribe from the people of Makossa.

Backed by Lyon band Le Super Mojo and conjuring up authentic '70s style sounds, Kalla’s superb songs variously touch on Afro-disco, soul, Highlife, Juju, accordion-fired Cameroonian dance music of old and the kind of bright-eyed and bushy-tailed tropical fusion so popular in former French colonies in the Caribbean.