Big Bash on the Seine Last Sunday Night

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The Brothers Paris Spring Gala "AllStars" Band
From left to right:
Nicholas Horton, guitar; Hervé Samb, guitar
Sonny Troupé, drums; Allonymous, vocals
Mike Amoogum, bass; Toli Nameless, trombone
Jerry Leoni, keyboard
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A fantastic party took place last Sunday night in the French capital on the Seine River. Organized by The Brothers Paris, a group of African-American men who live in the City of Light, the event lived up to its high hopes and expectations.

Called “The Brothers Paris Spring Gala,” the party took place on a barge located directly across the river from the new Fashion and Design Center. It began shortly after 8:00 p.m. as guests arrived to take their places around dinner tables for a delicious three-course meal. Live music started almost immediately, with top-level bands and singers belting out rhythms until around midnight. After that hour, recorded music took over for dancing until 2:00 a.m.

Long-time Paris resident Tannie Stoval was inspired to organize The Brothers Paris shortly after the Million Man March that was held in Washington, D.C. in 1995. He began inviting African-American men who live in Paris to his place for dinner and conversation, and this private, weekly event has become a tradition. Many years later, the group is still going strong, and it recently decided to organize an open event to celebrate African-American culture.

And celebrate it did, in art, poetry, and music!

Master of Ceremonies Christopher Nisperos
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Guitarist Nicholas Horton
Singers Nat Jones and Joseph Langley
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Artist Ealy Mays
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Singer Enricque d'Shawn
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Trumpet Player Rasul Siddik
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Writer and Film Maker David Burke
and Gospel Singer Linda Lee Hopkins
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Bluesman Juju Child
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Left to Right: Gospel Singers Tori Robinson,
Unknown, Linda Lee Hopkins, Alex Sanders,
Richard Allen, and Sylvia Howard
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Watch the 36 minute video produced by Joseph Langley: