Fri, January 15th

Mundial Montreal, Cumbancha & Drom APAP Showcase

african Afro-Beat Afro-Cuban latin singer-songwriter World Beat world music TICKETS

Doors 6PM
Show 7PM
Advance Price FREE
Door Price FREE
Table Reservation (212) 777-1157

Advanced online ticket sales stop at 5pm on day of show
If available, more tickets are available at door

If you are a member of APAP, we invite you to join the Mundial Montreal + Cumbancha + rock paper scissors + globalFEST + drom RECEPTION. This FREE reception to APAP attendees on Friday, Jan 15 (6-7:30) will be the last hurrah to the Wavelengths: APAP World Music Pre-conference co-produced by rock paper scissors & globalFEST. Join us!

7pm Cris Derksen
7:45 Elage Diouf
8:30 Francesca Blanchard
9:15 Septeto National
10:00 Battle of Santiago
10:45 Lakou Mizik
11:30 Pierre Kwenders
12:15 Ventanas
1:15 Palenke SoulTribe

Mundial Montreal operates as a springboard for some of the most exciting world music talent emerging from Canada and beyond, as well as cultivating a rapidly developing network of presenters.




Award winning Canadian Aboriginal cellist Cris Derksen is known for building layers of sound into captivating performances. Her music braids the traditional and contemporary in multiple dimensions, weaving her classical training and her aboriginal ancestry with new school electronics, creating genre defying music.



Master percussionist, Senegalese born singer-songwriter and performer Élage Diouf settled in Canada in 1996. His music – a blend of pop, world, blues and asiko – thrives at the artistic crossroad of artists like Carlinhos Brown, Peter Gabriel and Andres Cepeda. The musicality of the Wolof language explains his singing mainly in his mother tongue. Wholehearted in his artistic approach, charismatic, authentic and easygoing in his personal as well as his public life, people love him, and he clearly loves them back. The warmth and remarkable quality of his voice as well as his varied influences make him a very unique artist.



23-year-old French-American singer-songwriter Francesca Blanchard was selected Best Vocalist of 2015 by Vermont weekly Seven Days who hailed her as "a profound, mature talent” who "displays guile and artistic sensitivity that would be the envy of many tunesmiths twice her age”.  With artfully crafted, intimate songs, sung in French and English, Blanchard has begun to reach a wide audience with recent inclusions on three Putumayo collections as well as opening slots for Joan ArmatradingSuzanne VegaCaravan Palace and others. 

Pouring her heart into delicate melodies written for the acoustic guitar, Blanchard’s debut album deux visions was produced by Chris Velan (Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars), mixed by acclaimed Montreal producer Jean Massicotte (LhasaPatrick WatsonArthur HJorane) and mastered at the prestigious Metropolis Studios in London. The album reflects Francesca’s travels, both physical and emotional, with influences ranging from Norah Jones and Carla Bruni to Eva Cassidy and Francoise Hardy



Septato Nacional, the Grammy-nominated Cuban son group, was founded by master musician Ignacio Piñeiro in 1927. The Septeto National played around the dock on all Havana`s radio stations and gave concerts on public squares and in theatres; the capital city was raving about the new sound - a son cubano, certainly, but not the simple form brought from Santiago to Havana by the troubadours, but more with a cornet and artistically arranged harmonious parts, strongly syncopated and eminently danceable, like Piñeiro greatest hit “Échale salsita” - this son is regarded as the original form of salsa.

1932 George Gershwin traveled to Cuba and visited Piñeiro and the two men became friends. Gershwin studied Piñeiro’s sones and even cited “Échale salsita” in his own.In the late 1920s, Havana`s dance enthusiasts witnessed a musical sparring match for which there is no comparison in the history of Cuban music. In 1933, the Septeto Nacional was invited to the “Century of Progress” World Exposition in Chicago, where they not only gave concerts but also made records and were awarded a gold medal. The fourth generation of the Septeto National can certainly stand up to comparison with the legendary band`s original line-up. All the musicians are excellent instrumentalists and inspired soneros, who play the fresh-sounding arrangements. There is nothing outmoded about sones like “No juegues con los Santos” or Piñeiro`s hypnotic “Coco mai mai”. Even after mambo, cha-cha-cha, descargas, salsa and latin-jazz, their sound is still new due to the clever arrangements and the top-notch musicians including the smoky voice of lead singer Raspa. 





Battle of Santiago is an 7 piece band blending Afrobeat, Rock, Hip Hop, and Latin using afro cuban rhythms, screaming rock guitars, dub baselines and soaring horns and flutes. Exploring the boundaries of rhythm and sound, The Battle of Santiago presents a unique dancing experience that's a total party.


Pierre Kwenders, spokesman of modern Africa, humbly shares his rich cultural heritage through his music. With his progressive music coloured with Congolese rumba and Afro-electro beats, the singer explores an innovative path, adding a new flavour (reminiscent of the works of Kwabs and Buraka Som Sistema) to his repertoire. Le Dernier Empereur Bantou is an ultimate cry of joy, using Cajun rhythms, mythical characters, and childhood musings and memories. Pierre Kwenders also includes a few nods to his own musical background; African singers such as Johnny Clegg as well as music from the 80’s. Kwenders, who sings and raps in English, French, Lingala and Tshiluba, is noted for blending both African music and western pop music influences, including hip hop and electronic music, into his style. His music is usually described as the World 2.0 drawing from Congolese rumba and electro. After putting out two EP last year, he released his first full length album Le Dernier Empereur Bantou via Bonsound on October 14th, 2014 which was nominated for the Juno Award for World Music Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2015, and for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize.



Led by powerful vocalist Tamar Ilana, VENTANAS weaves in and out of upbeat Bulgarian dance tunes, Greek, Turkish and Sephardic love songs, and heart-wrenching Flamenco dances, leading captive audiences through windows into other lands and cultures.




PALENKE SOULTRIBE is known for their live performances, combining infectious Afro-Colombian rhythms with electronic production and live (GoPro) visuals. Their sound draws on deeply rooted tradition and melodies, while infusing beats and samples reflecting the vibrant Pan-Latino vibe of today.

Originally formed in Colombia, the flavor of cumbia and Baranquilla's carnival will entice your palates. Their current home of Los Angeles is however responsible for that shimmering punchy-ness of PST's dance music.
Palenke Soultribe was formed by producers Juan Diego Borda (bass) and Andres "Popa" Erazo (keys, samples & visuals). Teaming up with explosive drummer
Argel Cota and master percussionist of all things Latin: Clodomiro Montes, was vital to unlocking their distinct sound.

It all boils down to their highly energetic live shows, for which they've been hailed from the Swiss mountains, to Mexico City's urban jungle and sweaty clubs in New York. They continuously push the envelope by adding surprising visuals, integrated GoPro camera's and looping samples they've gathered. In 2015 they'll continue their long standing collaborations with Palenque Records, the legendary band Son Palenque and singer Petrona Martinez