Blog April 17, 2019
Announcing the 2019 Syli d’Or Semifinalists

After starting with 36 groups from two dozen countries, this year's Syli D’Or contest is down to its final nine contestants. The 13th annual award for Canadian world music artists began way back on Feb. 12, and after 22 showcases, the semifinalists are as follows. If you haven’t heard of any of them, don’t sweat it: This is an award for up-and-coming acts

  • Jôby – Malagasy Blues (Madagascar)
  • EMDE - Mandingue (Mali)
  • Rodrigo Simoes – Brazilian Jazz (Brazil)
  • Regeneration - Roots reggae (Qc.)
  • Clerel - Soul (Cameroon)
  • Aldo Guizmo - Reggae (Guadeloupe)
  • Kon-Fusion - Cumbia, ska (Chili)
  • La Pirogue – Malian, Colombian and Réunionnais folk
  • Ralami – Hip-hop (Bénin)

Afropop staff will evaluate the performances—both in person at Montreal’s Club Ballatou and via the magic of YouTube—to determine the winner, which will be announced at the grand finale Soiree Gala on April 25 at Théâtre Fairmount, at 5240 Avenue du Parc. Winning artists will share some $50,000 in prizes and a touring prize from Conseil des Arts de Montréal.

The finalist showcase runs from April 16-18.

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