Gotta Lago

Côte d'Ivoire

Biography :

Born in Ivory Coast, Gotta Lago grew up in an environment marked by music. He took music courses at the Institut des arts in Ivory Coast. At a young age, he was noticed for his artistic talents and took part in various local groups.

In 1998, he settled in Quebec, where he discovered abundant cultural wealth, an environment that suited him perfectly. He followed teachings in vocal jazz and classical song at the University of Montreal and joined several musical groups. He played piano for two years with a French-speaking reggae group. He also performed at various festivals, including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Nuits d’Afrique, Woodstock en Beauce, the Festival du bout du monde in Gaspé, the Festival des musiques du monde in Chicoutimi, and the Festival des Lacs des Nations in Sherbrooke.

In 2004, he founded the Gotta Lago Project, a group of five musicians who blended traditional African music with blues and modern world music currents. The group consisted of Gotta Lago on vocals, guitar and percussions, Gnakalé Aristide (bass and vocals), David Mobio (keyboard and vocals), Miles Dupire (drums) and Atchouellou William (percussions and vocals).

Gotta Lago twice received grants for creation, in 2009 from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec and in 2010 from the Canada Council for the Arts. Both enabled him to intensify artistic research, musical creation and African vocal art. He also took part in a project called “Carnet de route Montreal-Soweto-Marrakech” bringing together eight artists from varied backgrounds.

Meanwhile, he leads percussion workshops at schools and teaches African song at the University of Montreal, at the Afrique en mouvements art centre and at Samajam school.

But Gotta Lago has more than one string on his bow. In addition to his musical activities, he works with Canadian painters, he is part of a theatre troupe and he collaborates on contemporary dance shows as a choreographer. He also leads legend and storytelling events.

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