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The Nile Project is an exceptional cross-cultural collaboration, its members hailing from all along the great river that connects eleven countries and over 400 million people, from its sources beyond Lake Victoria to its delta in Egypt. Through its innovative musical process that allows its artists to leverage each other’s strengths, the project unearths unique sound representative of the Nile watershed as a whole.
Musicians include: Claude Ciza (Burundi), Ahmed Omar (Eritrea), Endalekachew Niguse, Roza Kifle,Dawit Seyoum Estifanos (Ethiopia), Mohamed Kamal, Adel Mekha, Saleeb Lowza, Nader El Shaer (Egypt), Rapasa Nyatrapasa, Kasiva Mutua (Kenya), Asia Madani (Sudan) and Msafiri Zawose (Tanzania).
The 5-member band Grèn Sémé, led by charismatic poet and singer, Carlo de Sacco, brings its brand of ‘evolutionary maloya’ music to Kenya. Maloya is a form of music, song and dance native to Réunion Island. Of mixed racial origins, maloya was created by Malagasy and African slaves on the sugar plantations and was eventually appropriated by the island’s entire population. Since 2009 Maloya has featured in UNESCO’s very select Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Singing in creole and French, Grèn Sémé’s poetic and meaningful lyrics are set to traditional maloya rhythms blended with world music and electro dub influences. The band has performed in leading Festivals in France including les Francofolies de la Rochelle, Babel Med, la Fiesta des Suds, Le Printemps de Bourges and most recenlty at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris.s
Performance: Weaving Pan-Africanism at the Scene of the Gathering, Dec. 10 2014 @ Alliance Française Gardens
Date: Wednesday, December 10 2014
Venue: Alliance Française Gardens
Time: 7 pm
‘WEAVING PANAFRICANISM AT THE SCENE OF THE GATHERING’ by the Weaving Kenya Women’s Collective
A performance based on the essay ‘Pan Africanism, diaspora and gender’ that revisits ideas of belonging and identity, calling our attention to the intellectual labour that precedes, accompanies and becomes the legacy of critical inventions embodied in Women’s Acts of Resistance.
Performances by: Nyota Ndogo, Lelele Africa and Mzee Mwatela
Tunisian born musician, Jean-Pierre Smadja (Smadj), has been skillfully fusing oud music to diverse genres including jazz, electronic groove, saxophone, drum and bass for over 15 years. With six albums to his credit, Smadj has an extraordinary touch for blending electronic and acoustic sounds to create music rich in oriental, North African and jazz rhythms.
Smadj is on an East African tour accompanied by saxophonist Denis Guivarch and singers Sofiane Saidi (Franco-Algerian rai musician with a charming voice) and MC Laudi (South African hip hop artist with a groovy timbre).
Mixing tradition and technology, the group promises a scintillating concert that will have the public on the dance floor with a diverse palette of music styles.
In 2002 and 2003, Smadj and the Algerian oud player, Mehdi Haddab, were twice runner-up in the BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards for their single Wild Serenade from the album DuOud, for the Best Newcomer and the Boundary Crossing categories respectively. DuOud combine their North African heritage with the latest in Western technology. Prior to this recognition, Smadj was already recognized for his debut album Equilibrist, blending Eastern melodies and electronic beats, which earned him a 4th place on the European World Music charts in 2000. Jean-Pierre Smadj grew up listening to traditional Arab musicians like Egyptian singer Oum Kalthoum and Iraqi oud player Munir Bashir. He studied at a jazz school in Paris and after five years of study he started playing in clubs around the city. Smadj only started playing the oud until the age of 30. As the Parisian dance music scene grew, Smadj with a background in studio sound engineering, began experimenting with different sounds and styles of dance music, blending Oriental, Latin, North African and jazz with dance beats.
Following the success of DuOud that culminated in a two-year long world tour, Smadj joined master Turkish percussionist, Burhan Öçal producing an album which was a huge success in Turkey and is considered a classic now. In 2005, Smadj released the album ‘Take is and Drive’ featuring the Malian star Rokia Traore, the Bushmen of the Kalahari and the Indian singer-guitarist Amit Chatterjee. In same year, he released ‘Sakkat’ with Mehdi Haddab, which was recorded in Yemen with Yemeni traditional musicians. His latest album ‘Fuck the Dj’ released in 2012 is an ode to dance music with disco, dubstep, oriental, funky electro all on the menu. The title is a sarcastic swipe at the ever increasing dominance of DJs over live bands on dance floors. He is accompanied on this tour by the Franco-Algerian singer, Sofiane Saidi who was born in the birthplace of Raï Music, the city of Sidi Bel Abbès in Algeria). Sofiane can be credited as the creator of oriental glam music. Sofiane works between Brest, Algeria, London and Paris and has collaborated with the Belgian songbird Natacha Atlas and the legendary Algerian rai group Raina Rai.
Sofiane is currently working on his ablum ‘El Morjane’, Arabic for ‘The Coral,’ a metaphor for the rarest and most precious things in life. Also on stage will be MC Laudi, a South Africa DJ who lives in London and regularly performs at the London Afro nights. Over the years, MC Laudi has developed his signature sound mixing tropical rhythms, hip hop and electro. He has collaborated with some of the best artists around the world like Damon Albarn (co-founder, vocalist and principal songwriter of virtual band Gorillaz) and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers (an American funk rock band). Together with the French saxophonist Denis Guivarch, the quartet promise a unique concert, bringing for the first time to Kenya, live on stage, a blend Arabic, Afro, Electro, Hip Hop and dance music.