BIO

Originaire de Dakar, Sénégal, ILAM, de par ses racines peulh, propose un style s’inspirant à la fois du blues du Sahel et de l’Afro-PopRock avec des accents de Reggae et de Soul.

Grâce à sa fulgurante ascension sur la scène musicale canadienne, il fut la Révélation Radio-Canada 2016-2017.

 

Since his arrival in Montreal, ILAM has discovered a musical universe where different sounds mingle in a unique cultural basin. ILAM delivers a style of music filled with different musical spices and a great portion of sensitivity. Combining a rhythmic blend of reggae and blues with inclinations of Afro-folk, crossbreeding accents of pop or rock . His voice evokes the depth and power of nomadic people in a mesmerizing and urban atmosphere.

Il débute sa carrière au sein d'un groupe hip hop local, enregistrant plusieurs chansons mélangeant le rap, l'acoustique et les sonorités traditionnelles.

 

Formé au Conservatoire de Musique de l'École Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Dakar, il s’initie à l’écriture et à la composition et produit déjà ses premières oeuvres musicales.

C’est accompagné d’un solide bagage que ILAM arrive en 2014 à Montréal, Canada.

Peu de temps après à son arrivé, il fonde alors son groupe pour se présenter à la Vitrine MUZ 2014. Il y remporta les prix “Coup de Coeur” du public et de l’Équipe Spectra.

 

En 2016, il est sacré Révélation Radio-Canada en musique du monde.

 

Décrit comme une une bête de scène, il performe sur toutes les grandes scènes montréalaises dont le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, les Francofolies, le Festival Nuits d’Afrique et Montréal Symphonique dans le cadre du 375e de Montréal avec 400 musiciens et au côté de grands noms tels que Wyclef Jean.

 

En novembre 2016, il sort son premier album, HOPE, puis amorce une tournée canadienne qui l’a mené d’Est en Ouest. Puis, il se rend à l’international lors d’une tournée en Chine.

 

ILAM croit que la musique est universelle et qu’elle transcende les langues. Il chante en wolof, en peulh, en français et en anglais.

 

From Dakar, Senegal, with roots tracing back in the Fouta , from which came  the mythical  "Voices of the River", ILAM was born in a family traditionally recognized as scholars and nobles,  where music was being reserved for the ancient Griot caste. Nevertheless, he discovered his vocation very early and with his increasingly desire to share his creative expression and his universe to the world.

 

He began his career in 2005 in a hip hop group, Beneen Squad , recorded several songs; mixing rap, acoustic and traditional sounds of Senegal. Trained at the National School of Fine Arts at the Music Conservatory , ILAM, as an autodidact learned quickly to play the guitar which encouraged him to start a solo career.

Although still unpacking his suitcases, ILAM received already several recognitions and awards to his credit. He was warmly applauded and rewarded at the "Vitrine des Musiques Locales Métissées", a Montreal contest and showcase, receiving both the Award of "Public's Favorite" and "Équipe Spectra's Favorite". ILAM is scheduled to participate in the 2015 edition of the Francofolies Festival of Montreal , one of Montreal's most attended festivals. In addition, in January 2015, the Arts Council of Montreal rewarded ILAM with the prize for the recording of his first demo on Canadian soil soon followed by Quebec's Arts Council and Musicaction support for recording his first EP released in November 2015. In May 2016, Radio-Canada (CBC) has chosen him as their 2016 -2017 World Music Revelation. 

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