Tropic of Cancer

Invited to the 2017 Books & Music Festival

Haitian singer and voodoo priestess, Moonlight Benjamin moved to France in 2002 to perfect her musical training. She founded the group Dyaoulé Pemba, with the desire to make Haiti known through its traditional songs and poetry. She is currently performing in the show Jazz Racines Haïti, by saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart and is touring the world with a trio of musicians, making the Creole soul sing and vibrate. A sensual, soulful, magnificent and fervent voice, for a journey within the immense diversity of the Haitian creative soul. Bewitching like a voodoo rite.
Xavier Amblard, drummer and percussionist, obtained the professional diploma of the FNEIJ, National Federation of Jazz Schools at the Music'Halle school in Toulouse. He specializes in the steel drum, in the steel bands Tropique du Cancer and Mambo Bidon, of which he takes the artistic direction in 2007. He currently plays in the bands Trini Bird in Orleans, Mambo Bidon, Tropique du Cancer and Ô-Banaka, Guadeloupean gwo-ka music. He teaches the steel pan in schools, within the framework of the pedagogical device: Orchestras at school.
Curious about all kinds of music, Philippe Gal finds his balance between the low notes of the double bass and the high notes of the steel drum. He studied classical double bass at the conservatories of Geneva and Lausanne, jazz at the conservatory of Marseille, arranging with Yvan Julien and musical pedagogy with Joy Kane. In 1986, he founded one of the first French steel bands, Tropique du Cancer. He currently plays with Ravi Prasad and Catherine Vaniscotte. He has performed with the musicians Sonny Stitt, Siegfried Kessler, Eric Barret, Christian Escoudé, Adama Dramé, Alain Brunet, and in the groups Steckar Tuba Pack...
In 1986, the Tropique du Cancer company created one of the first French steel bands. Since then, it has toured in France and abroad with street shows that make giant robots dance to Caribbean and Latino rhythms. The show Au-delà des mers is directed by Fabrice Guérin, actor and playwright very popular with young audiences (puppet and song); La grande évasion by Hervé Suhubiette, it's him too!


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