1997 – present (21 years)
Besançon, Doubs, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France
LA Cédille hail from Besançon in France. Their sound has been likened in the French media to that of The Roots and Opus Akhoben.
'album of the issue' DJ Magazine: theyve produced one of the classiest and most confident rap LPs of recent years without barely breaking a sweat" 5/5. Winners of Le Fair 2006!
Despite their energetic stage show they have made a positive effort to distance themselves from the infighting and rivalry that has become part of the French hip-hop scene in recent years. Their message, which is reinforced by their lyrics, promotes unity and cohesion amongst hip-hop lovers, encouraging them to focus on the factors that are common to all in the greater human struggle.
Their songs reflect the African heritage of the band's two front men. The description of the meeting of these two cultures in the bands rapid fire hip-hop style yet smooth tones of the French language makes for a unique experience. The band haven't forgotten either their French heritage, with a distinctly jazzy feel to their songs which incorporate a brass-section featuring trombone and saxophone.
The band first came to the attention of Chocolate Fireguard when they played alongside label mates Kava Kava at a festival in Switzerland. The label arranged a few tours of the UK building up a strong awareness around La Cedille's unique sound. The band continue to play across France and Switzerland including a slot at Montreux Jazz Festival and Jay Dee supports at Le Divan du Monde, Paris. Top tune "Autonome" was featured on Chocolate Fireguard compilation "Taster…Sounds From The Funky Underground 2" ("Best Of British" Virgin Megastores USA) and LA Cedille signed an album deal with Chocolate Fireguard following a performance at Glastonbury Festival, UK.
LA Cedille travelled to Huddersfield in the UK to record their debut album for Chocolate Fireguard. Top tune 'Sous Titre' ended up on Chocolate Fireguard compilation 'Interesting Flavours' (alongside Freddy Fresh, Bentley Rhythm Ace etc) and a special Music Week magazine CD sampler of French Music while the track 'Dissident D'ici' featuring Bluefoot Project diva Rachel was showcased on the official 'British At Popkomm' showcase CD.
La Cedille promoted debut album 'Vu Du Large' with gigs all over Europe and Canada including support slots with Herbaliser, DJ Vadim and De La Soul. DJ and radio support including Mr Scruff, Gilles Peterson, Excalibah. Daddy G, Laurent Garnier, LTJ Bukem, Russ Jones, AIM….. no 8 DJ Mag's Beats and Breaks Chart, no 17 DMC World Hip Hop chart
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