Fri, January 6th

Mundial Montreal & Drom present Kiran Ahluwalia, Leyla McCalla, Vox Sambou, Betty Bonifassi

Acoustic gypsy latin other singer-songwriter World Beat world music TICKETS

Doors 7PM
Show 7PM
Advance Price
Door Price FREE

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 + Drom RECEPTION. This FREE reception for APAP attendees on Friday, Jan 6 (6 PM) will be the last hurrah to the Wavelengths: APAP World Music Pre-conference co-produced by rock paper scissors & globalFEST. Join us! 

 Roopa Panesar
7:45pm Kiran Ahluwalia
8:30pm Briga
9:15pm Leyla McCalla
10:00pm Betty Bonifasi
10:45pm Banda Magda
11:30pm Vox Sambou
12:30am Orkesta Mendoza 

Roopa Panesar

(London, UK)

British-Indian master sitar player



Considered one of the finest sitar players to emerge on the Indian music scene, UK based Roopa Panesar is recognized as an emerging talent. Her soulful and unique style of playing has been receiving accolades from audiences and peers alike for her outstanding ability and quality of music, which has left her listeners captivated. With the incredible emotional depth of her sound, she has touched the hearts of audiences far and wide touring extensively in the UK and Europe at major festivals and venues such as WOMAD UK, Royal Festival Hall London, BBC Radio 3, Brighton Festival, Darbar Festival at South Bank Centre, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Colston Hall, Bristol

Kiran Ahluwalia

(Toronto, Canada)

Modern Indian with African Desert Blues


Kiran Ahluwalia is a modern purveyor of the great vocal traditions of India and Pakistan which she honors yet departs from in assertive ways. Winning 2 JUNOs, the UK’s Songlines Award and 2 Canadian Folk Awards, Kiran’s latest album features the addictive guitar riffs and trancy rhythms of African desert blues along with elements of jazz. Writing both the words and music, her songs speak of yearning sensual love, realizing female desire, Sufi Mysticism and situations in the human condition.


(Montreal, Canada)

Balkan/Québécois spicy Turbo Folk


Recipient of the Stingray Rising Star Award, nominee at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and Québec’s ADISQ awards, Briga’s music is a reflection of her fragmented identity. Her songs are half instrumental, half sung in French/English, and are accompanied by her fervent violin. Add a Turbo Folk edge, wrap it up with heavy Balkan & Moroccan grooves, and you’ve got Briga! She has performed across Canada, the United States, and Europe, and is releasing her new album “Femme” in 2017.


 Leyla McCalla

(New Orleans, USA)

Experimental traditional and original folk


Leyla McCalla is a Haitian-American who sings in French, Haitian Creole and English, Leyla plays cello, tenor banjo and guitar. Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun and Haitian music, as well as by American jazz and folk, her music is at once earthy, elegant, soulful and witty — it vibrates with three centuries of history, yet also feels strikingly fresh, distinctive and contemporary. Named 2013’s Album of the Year by the London Sunday Times and Songlinesmagazine, Leyla McCalla’s debut album, Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes, made a profound impression upon all who heard it.

Betty Bonifasi  
(Montreal, Canada)

Soulful, blues-rock tribute to Alan Lomax repertoire


Betty Bonifassi is a French-born vocalist based in Montreal. She has performed music of many styles in both English and French--from jazz, to traditional music, to blues, to electronica. In 2003 she gained international exposure when she provided the singing voices for the title characters of the animated film Les Triplettes de Belleville. Since 2014 she’s working on a tribute to African-American prisoners’ songs in the Southern United States in the ’20s based on Alan Lomax recordings.

Banda Magda 
(NY, USA)  

Led by Greek-born composer, orchestrator, singer and accordionist Magda Giannikou (Kronos Quartet, Louis CK), Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando. Drawing on the band’s global background (Greece, Argentina, Japan, Colombia, USA), the group combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, sophisticated audience participation, mid-century classics and world “chansons” sung in 6 languages. Banda Magda has toured in more than 22 countries and 5 continents.


Vox Sambou

(Montreal, Canada)

Traditional Haitian rhythms fused with reggae & hip hop



Vox Sambou comes from Limbé, Haiti. He writes and performs in Creole, French, English, Spanish and Portugues. He is a founding member of Montreal-based hip-hop collective, Nomadic Massive. 

He performed across North America in Washington; Los Angeles; then Europe in France, Womad Chile, Brasil, Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso. He is now at his 3rd solo album: "The Brasil Session",released in spring 2016. Before "Lakay" and "Dyasporafriken" - that earned the nomination of best world album music at GAMIQ.


Orkesta Mendoza

Born in Nogales, Arizona, raised in Nogales, Sonora, multi-instrumentalist and band-leader of Orkesta Mendoza, Sergio Mendoza grew up listening to the Mexican regional styles jostling for headspace in a young, music-mad mind - cumbia mainly, but mambo, rancheras and mariachi too. Orkesta Mendoza appears to have everything, but never too much of anything. Focused, fierce and beautifully executed by a superbly drilled set of musicians, it is a record that fully matches the band's explosive live performances.