Horyou Village, an interactive exhibition highlighting the values of social good, was a central event at the Cannes Film Festival from May 13 to 24. And at the heart of Horyou Village was its live performance stage, where a host of diverse performers provided free nightly entertainment.
Starting off the musical celebration was French experimental musician Chapelier Fou, who provided an eclectic blend of traditional acoustic instruments mixed with electronic devices such as synthesizers and samplers.
The next evening, chanteuse Carmen Maria Vega, a Guatemalan who grew up in France, charmed the audience with her Gypsy jazz revival sound but also included some rocking out. Vega’s voice evokes an edgy Edith Piaf born 70 years later.
May 15 brought the animated Victorine to the Horyou Village stage – and its surroundings – as she engaged with the audience, including Horyou CEO Yonathan Parienti, before and during her set. The French singer illuminated her brand of quirky indie pop with numerous props and wardrobe changes, and led the crowd in a sing-along to conclude her performance.
The Amadeus electric string quartet wowed the crowd on the fourth night of performances. Hailing from Romania, the all-female group performed their take on a huge range of musical styles, from classical to the “James Bond Theme” to “I Love Rock ’N Roll.”
French singer/songwriter Aria Crescendo, a former member of The Paradiso Girls, took the stage on May 17. Wearing playful mouse ears, she fired up the youth in particular with her modern pop.
Gwen & Tiana, “two citizens of the world that music brought together,” in their words, brought the rhythms of afro-soul to Horyou Village. Gwen, from Gabon, and Tiana, a Cameroonian, both live in France, where they met and formed their duo and band.
The irrepressibly jubilant Licia Chery, a Swiss singer/songwriter of Haitian descent, brought smiles to all who came to see her the following night. Her set featured blues, soul, Caribbean music and rock, and Chery revealed herself as an impressive dancer as well.
Acclaimed Lebanese vocalist Mike Massy took the stage at Horyou Village on May 21. His lilting vocals were mesmerizing, and the music, with a heavy nod to the nostalgic melodies of the Middle East, had everyone dancing.
The next evening, French singer Haylen treated attendees to a solo performance on guitar featuring her funky renditions of American soul and rock songs, including her catchy version of “Tainted Love.” Following Haylen came Pendentif, a French new-pop group. Singer Julia Jean-Baptiste’s vocals reinforced the band’s dreamy vibe, which was also eminently danceable.
Haylen again was the opening act May 23 on Horyou Village’s final night of performances. Parienti took the stage to remark on Horyou’s mission of social good and introduced Quiet Please. The all-male synth-heavy indie pop band from France delivered mellow vocals and atmospheric grooves, closing the event on a decidedly cool note.
Written by Lief Nielsen