Les rythmes

Exclusive intimate concerts recorded in a studio specially designed for the occasion at l’Astral, in La Maison du Festival. 

  • June 27 , 7:40 p.m.

Montreal-based vocalist Clerel nurtured his taste for melody in his native Cameroon, where he was raised on church hymns and french radio. Early on, he developed a habit of singing his favorite songs to himself as a way to "listen" to them whenever he desired.  

Following a family move to the United States, Clerel attended university in Ohio, where he picked up the acoustic guitar and began honing his hitherto unexplored singing talent. Clerel's time stateside left an indelible mark, as he discovered the world of soul music during a visit to Memphis' famed Stax Museum of American Soul Music. After completion of his degree, Djamen relocated to Montreal, Canada, where he made his stage debut equipped only with his voice and acoustic guitar. Word about this new captivating act soon spread around town and beyond, inspiring Djamen to channel his musical influences into his own original compositions. These efforts have led to an EP, “Songs from Under a Guava Tree” released in fall of 2019, soon followed by an appearance at the Pop Montreal Festival, on a bill featuring soul icon Mavis Staples.

Kento Kataoka (Electric Guitar)