NUIT SOUL

DON BRYANT & THE BO-KEYS

MAVIS STAPLES

J.P. BIMENI & THE BLACK BELTS

Started in 2016 with the late great Charles Bradley, the Nuit Soul series at Fourvière continues with a new episode that is worth its weight in gold.

This year’s edition will receive not one but two mythical figures, Mavis Staples and Don Bryant will make resonate loud and clear the song of the African American soul.

These two should be nicknamed “the soul twins” as much as their respective paths are so close and complementary. Brought up on gospel and family singing, they have accompanied soul music in its political shift, both releasing their debut album in 1969. Mavis has worked in plain light going from major records to prestigious collaborations (Ray Charles, Prince, Bob Dylan, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy). Don has preferred to lend his songwriting talent to big names such as Solomon Burke, Al Green, or her wife Ann Peebles... before taking back the microphone in 2016 ! They are both monuments yet their most recent records prove they have not turned into stones but are still living beings of flesh, blood and fire.

It is one of this year’ sensation who will open the night : a refugee in London after fleeing from Burundi’s civil war, J.P. Bimeni sings a powerfully cathartic kind of soul music, an astonishing soundtrack to the life of a miracle survivor.