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Heroes Are Gang Leaders pay tribute to Amiri Baraka at Sons d’hiver 2019

The festival takes place at venues across Val-de-Marne from 1–23 February

French festival Sons d'hiver has announced its programme for the 2019 edition. Heroes Are Gang Leaders open the event on 1 February, making their first time appearance in France with their tribute to the late writer Amiri Baraka. Led by Thomas Sayers Ellis, the group include James Brandon Lewis, Heru Shabaka-Ra, Devin Brahja Waldman, Brandon Moses, Luke Stewart, Jenna Camille, Warren Trae Crudup, Nettie Chickering, Melanie Dyer and Randall Horton. Thomas Sayer Ellis and James Brandon Lewis will also deliver give a pre-show lecture about Baraka's legacy.

Other confirmed artists include Ambrose Akinmusire with Kool AD, Sam Harris, Justin Brown & Mivos Quartet, Shabazz Palaces, Dälek, Evan Parker & Tyshawn Sorey duo, Sylvie Courvoisier & Mark Feldman play John Zorn, Irreversible Entanglements with Camae Ayawe, Aquiles Navarro, Keir Neuringer, Luke Stewart & Tcheser Holmes, Marc Ribot, The Ex, Das Kapital, Julien Desprez & Rob Mazurek, Anthony Braxton Zim Music, Maâlem Mokhtar Gania with Hamid Drake, Adam Rudolph & Jamie Saft, Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble, Steve Coleman, and many others.

More information can be found on the festival's website.