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Biography :

Afrodizz is a Montréal-based Afrobeat and Afro-funk group consisting of eight musicians: Gabriel Aldama on guitar, David Carbonneau on trumpet, Jean-Philippe Gonçalves on drums, François Plante on bass, François Vincent on percussions, Frédè Simard and François Glidden on saxophone and Vance Payne on vocals (in English as well as in Yoruba and other Nigerian languages).

The group began in 2002 at the instigation of jazz guitarist Gabriel Aldama, who composes the songs. While at university, Aldama discovered Fela Kuti, the undisputed master of Afrobeat, who became the primary source of inspiration in the birth of Afrodizz.

To the early influences, the members of Afrodizz add their urban touch of jazz, rock, funk and hip hop. With its festive and hypnotic atmosphere, conducive to dance and trance, the Montréal group soon stood out on the Canadian scene as one of the best in its genre. After drawing notice at the Montréal International Jazz Festival as Revelation of the Year in the Tropics series in 2003, the group hit the road for shows all over Québec and across Canada before going on tour in Europe.

Their first album, Kif kif, released in 2004 on the DoRight label in North America, caught the ear of British label FreeStyle, which distributed the album in Europe. Their second album, Froots, came out in 2006 and marked their international consecration, with Montréal artist Deweare taking part as a guest. The album won the Best Artist award in the Cosmopolitan category at the Montréal International Music Initiative Awards. At the 2011 Montréal International Jazz Festival, Afrodizz launched its third opus, Sounds From Outer Space.



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