Due to circumstances beyond our control, Emeli Sandé’s concert, scheduled for Tuesday, 4th July 2017 has been cancelled. Due to exhaustion, the singer has had to withdraw from her commitments. As a replacement, the Festival programmers have invited the legendary hip-hop group to perform their own show, 100% The Roots, a day before their concert with Usher.
From Montreux Jazz Academy to the Stravinski: the young singer and pianist, Imelda Gabs, will open the evening, ready to stun the audience with her velvety voice and her phenomenal stage presence.
One word defines them: groove. For three decades, the group from Philadelphia has refined their unrivalled hip-hop, tinged with soul, jazz and funk. In addition to three Grammy Awards (two in collaboration with John Legend and the third with Erykah Badu) and a dozen critically acclaimed records, the group has bolstered their popularity by performing on Jimmy Fallon’s show. Do we need to be reminded that they started out on bucket drums and free-styling in the street? They are the archetypal, global hip-hop group.
Watch out, here comes talent! Imelda Gabs could be the great soul artist of the future. Last February, the young singer, pianist and composer caused a sensation at the Montreux Jazz Academy, surrounded by prestigious mentors such as Marcus Miller and Yaron Herman. Born in Belgium, she grew up in Switzerland under the artistic influence of her father, Doctor Gabs, the swing and boogie-woogie pianist.