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Les Colocs

Les Colocs were a major musical band of the Quebec music scene of the 1990s.

Founded in 1990 and fronted by Dédé Fortin, Les Colocs gave Quebecers unique songs colored with humanity, simplicity and social conscience (especially regarding poverty). They marked the history of Quebec music with their sound, infused with brass sounds, first very wild and festive, later more mellow, as well as more inspired by ska & african music. This new direction inspired a collaboration with the Senegal-born Diouf brothers for the album Dehors novembre.

The group promoted tolerance and had a multicultural line up (for example, Mike Sawatzky is a Cree from Saskatchewan, André Vanderbiest is from Belgium and Patrick Esposito Di Napoli was from the French Catalonia). Dédé Fortin (as well as other members like Serge Robert, later to be known as Mononc' Serge) was a passionate Quebec sovereigntist and brought the band to play an important role in the 1995 Quebec referendum via partisan shows. They were part of the resurgence of political songwriting in Quebec, after a drought in the 1980s and par...

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