After winning the Global Music Album of the Year JUNO in May of 2022, Montréal’s Afrikana Soul Sister won the Félix for Album of the Year – World Music on Nov. 2, 2022, at the First ADISQ Gala, for their album Kalasö.

Led by seasoned Québec multi-instrumentalist, producer, and arranger Jean-François Lemieux (Jean Leloup, Daniel Bélanger, Ariane Moffatt), and complemented by Senegalese percussionist Fa Cissokho and Malian singer Djely Tapa, who comes from a long line of griots (named Révélation Radio-Canada 2019-2020 in the world music category), the trio embodies the unclassifiable meeting of West Africa and North America in a bubbling cauldron where tradition, and the thirst to create, far outweigh ego.

We spoke to the band following their victory, to learn how their Afrofuturist fusion came about.

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