Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Also known as CQMD and considered the “best French funk band in the world” by discogs.com and many, many others, these all-night groovers and tireless globe-trotters (30 countries to date, along with eight albums and more than 1,000 concerts), play Festival on Thursday, April 26, 7:30 p.m., at Scène Malibu Fais Do Do, and Saturday, April 28, 8:15 p.m., at Scène Popeyes International.
The Paris-based band consists of Superclark, banjo; Fab, snare drum; Rico, bass drum, percussion; Bruno, trumpet; Bart, trombone; la Ouiche, saxophone, and Roufi, Sousaphone.
The Independent recently caught up with vocalist and Sousaphone player Roufi via email from Ile d’Arz in Golfe du Morbihan in France.
CQMD still with its original lineup?
No, we have changed our drummers; they both stopped for personal reasons two years ago. Our new team is just amazing. Often, when people who are fans of the band learn about the change, they are very disappointed. But when they see and hear the new lineup, they are blown away. We also took [on] a saxophone player to muscle up the brass section.
How is it CQMD has been around for 20 years?
The pleasure of playing and being on the road is still there. I would say it is even growing. We are completely independent; it’s a musician-owned business: We are not eager to make money, but we know how we want to work. We have just released our eighth album, and we are already working on new songs. We are ready for the next 20 years. Changing the lineup was a good lesson. We noticed that the band was greater than us, even when you think that somebody is impossible to replace.
Why/how’d you get into funk?
I personally went into funk though hip-hop music, discovering the incredible James Brown’s samples in Public Enemy’s records. In the band, everybody has many different music crushes, but funk is the common factor. It’s what we listen to in the van during our long European rides.
Who are your inspirations?
James Brown, Fela Kuti, Parliament, Duke Ellington, Lalo Shiffrin, The Skatalites.
By the way, did you know Festival was voted Best World Music Festival in about.com’s online poll?
Yes, I voted several times! It was breaking my heart though, because the second of the poll was “Festival au Désert,” where I wanted to go this year, recording for a journalist friend for French national radio. It is an amazing festival, but as a French citizen I didn’t have the right to go there for security reasons. This year Tinariwen was playing and the biggest bands of the whole area were gathering. Now that the country (Mali) is at war, I don’t know what is going to happen.
How many times has CQMD played Festival?
It will be the fourth time. We are sooooooo glad to come back. We love this festival. FIL focuses on what music is all about: bringing people together. The audience, the volunteers, the spirit is really sweet. The program is fantastic (not to mention us!). I really think Lisa Stafford is doing amazing work. I’m very interested in Saharian Blues Music, I wanted to go to Bamako’s Festival au Désert to see Bombino live... he will perform in Lafayette. I hope people in the audience realize how lucky they are. All this for free. Wow!
What is it that brings you back to Festival and Lafayette?
The quality of food at the artists’ catering of course! ;-) All that I mentioned above plus the fact that there is a still a strong feeling between Louisiana and France. I cannot explain why, but we feel like home here.
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The vibe of the tribe done modern
The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
Prepare yourselves for sun
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
IND Style does Gabriel
Newsy bits for the fam
The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.