Congolese jazz by musicians from Shéda

Double Tree Late Night

Pierre Lambla, Mel Malonga and DeLaVallet Bidiefono

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Just like last year, on three Saturday nights after the regular performances the Holland Festival is throwing a party in the SkyLounge of the DoubleTree Hotel. In a relaxed atmosphere, artists, the Festival audience and other visitors can enjoy musical performances by Festival artists who show another side of their talents than in the regular programme. The bar remains open during the performances, and this will be Festival hangout until the wee hours of the morning. Entrance is free.

This Saturday’s Late Night concert is being given by musicians from Dieudonné Niangouna’s Shéda. Pierre Lambla (saxophone) and Mel Malonga (bass guitar) join forces in their search for the essence of jazz. Taking the great sounds of jazz standards as a starting point, Lambla and Malonga make original compositions that reflect their different backgrounds. Lambla, who is of French extraction, is versed in experimental improvised jazz, Malonga has a background in traditional Congolese dance music. These cultural differences fall away when the two play together. A special synergy arises, which intensifies when the Congolese singer (and choreographer of Shéda) DeLaVallet Bidiefono joins them.