BIO

Artwork Igor Hofbauer

ADORCISM. Your personal DEVIL has taken possession of your SOUL and you can never be rid of him.  At times he demands your whole body, he desperately needs it because you’re feeling bad.  So the healing community is coming with dances, qraqebs and tablas, fire, benzoin and water and will drive you rapidly towards your WILDEST SIDE in a frantic ritual that will only end when you have lost all of your senses. Your personal Devil will then own you entirely.     

 

This is a HEALING RITUAL of POSSESSION and TRANCE, a centuries old heritage brought here by former black slaves who had been sold in North Africa.  A syncretism between animism and Islam. Diwan (Algeria), Gnawa (Morocco), Stambeli, Banga (Tunisia).

 

Lost for months, immersed in cities, deserts and oases, recording, filming, working and composing with the healing communities. Neither musical notes nor tempo were changed.  We let the devils communicate with COMPUTERS and ELECTRIC GUITARS to recompose together this adorcist rite of possession and trance.  We were aware that from Africa to the TECHNO discos of Ibiza and the Moscow ROCK clubs the NEED TO FORGET ONESELF, to rise, was absolutely identical. Blood and sweat were intermingled, the final point of no return had been crossed, the veil had been lifted from the normal : nobody and nothing would ever be the same again. 

 

IFRIQIYYA ELECTRIQUE is a unique project.  More than a concert, it is a RESEARCH around several rites and trances as practised by the healing communities, from Gnawa to Banga. A performance with musicians interacting with Electronics and Amps. A recomposed music, a Transcendental and Post-industrial Ceremony. 

 

« Rûwâhîne » album was released in May 2017 by GLITTERBEAT RECORDS. In July 2017, the album "Rûwâhîne" reached the 4th place in the TRANSGLOBAL WORLD MUSIC CHART (USA) and 6th in the WORLD MUSIC CHARTS EUROPE. 

In May 2018, ARTE Television (D+F) filmed & boadcasted the whole concert live at Nuits Sonores Festival( Lyon, F).

 

« LAYLET EL BOOREE », Ifriqiyya Electrique second album was published by GLITTERBEAT RECORDS in April 2019. It was immediately cataloged "album of the year" by several medias.

IFRIQIYYA ELECTRIQUE

 

Adorcist & Post-Industrial Ritual

Devils, Possession & Trance. 


Awatef Fettar :                  vox, percussions
Syna Awel :                        vox, bendir

Zoé Martinot :                    drums, computer

Gianna Greco :                   bass, vox, computer, footage

François R. Cambuzat :      guitars, vox, computer, footage, research

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Simoh Bouchra :                vox, qraqebs
Boualem Fedel :                 vox, qraqebs

Youssef Ghazala:               vox, teshektshekas
Yahya Chouchen:               vox, teshektshekas  
Tarek Soltan:                      vox, teshektshekas
Fatma Chebbi:                    vox, teshektshekas

FRANÇOIS R. CAMBUZAT comes from extreme musics, from the improvisation,

from the avant-garde as well from flamenco, worked with some big names

of the jazz, the contemporary classical music as with the classical music

from the Maghreb. François R. Cambuzat is convinced that any music

will be little substantial if conceived then executed without strong

emotion, risk, rebellion, savagery, flight and transcendence. 

François R. Cambuzat published 21 albums and made more than

5000 concerts all over the world. Founder of many emergencies

(Gran Teatro Amaro, L’Enfance Rouge, P*T*N Club, Machine Rouge

Trans-Aeolian Transmission, Ruuhaaniia), he works at present among others

with Lotfi Bouchnak (TN), Lydia Lunch (USA), Eugene S . Robinson (USA) and Denis Lavant (F).

GIANNA GRECO left everything behind her. Heroin of the Italian electric musical scene,

she lives today between Pamir, France and Djrid, and follows only what makes her tremble. 

With François R. Cambuzat, Gianna is the co-founder of the Trans-Aeolian Transmission,

the research cell which is at the base of I'Ifriqiyya Electrique and many other risky

and impossible journeys. Gianna Greco is also the co-founder of the P*t*n Club,

a hyper-active unit of musical militancy. She works at present among others

with Lydia Lunch (USA), Denis Lavant (F, Machine Rouge) and Lotfi Bouchnak (TN, Ruuhaaniia).

ZOE MARTINOT  a young drummer from the European avant-garde,
and already millions of kilometers. She operates with Trans-Aeolian Transmission, Putan Club

and many others.
 

AWATEF FETTAR  from the Algerian Diwan & Moroccan Gnawas, as well singer & performer in the
Avant-Garde Mediterranean research, from Algiers to Berlin & further. She studied philosophy
of art, religious eruptions and various survival techniques in the pan-western world.


SYNA AWEL Amazigh singer from Kabylia, then explorer of all the dark corners of the middle sea,
howling ancient beliefs, from gorgonians to the name of Allah, and so much further.
She fears nothing and no one. Girls must and are the first.

 

SIMOH BOUCHRA  Born in the Gnawa community, raised with the Moroccan Avant-Metal scene.
A warm and hoarse power.  

BOUALEM FEDEL a living memory of the Maghrebi's transcendental musics.  In addition of being
a practitioner healer musician, he studied until masters of musicology the Algerian Diwan.

YOUSSEF GHAZALA  from the Banga community. Rhythm & elevation.

TAREK SOLTAN  from the Banga community. Knives and tabla. The detonator.
Tarek is the first one to fly away, pulling the whole universe, taking over the conduction
of the rite when the rhythm slows down, then giving it back, spining to collapse and bounce,
and this for hours and hours. 

YAHYA CHOUCHEN  from the Banga community. Just for the music and spirit.​ Adored by
the community for his extroversion, his empathy and his innate gift to transcend the assembly,

FATMA CHOUCHEN  from the Banga community. Radical feminism, voice, dancing & percussions.

 


SOUND ENGINEER : José Arantes

VIDEO EDITOR (official) : Carlo Mazzotta

PHOTOGRAPHER (official):  Renaud de Foville

Gianna Greco & François R. Cambuzat are performing on Mattia Maglio's guitars.

SOME CONCERTS PERFORMED
 

ROSKILDE Festival, DK                                WOMAD Festival, UK                                         SZIGET Festival, H
WOMEX 17, Katowice, PL                            COLOURS OSTRAVA Festival, CZ                     VIEILLES CHARRUES, F                        
FMM SINES Festival, PT                              MILHOES DE FESTA , PT                                   ETHNO PORT Festival, PL
NUITS SONORES, F                                      KOMETA Festival, LV                                         HAMMAMET Festival, TN
OFFEST, MK                                                  INNEBRZMIENIA Festival, PL                           NOTTE delle TARANTA Festival, I
FEST MED, PT                                               SKRZYOWANIE KULTUR Festival, PL              POHODA Festival, SK        
URKULT Festival, SE                                    BAM Festival, Barcelona, E                              EXPLORE THE NORTH Festival, NL
ANCIENNE BELGIQUE, B                              FESTIVAL MUSIKAREN EGUNA, F                    L'AMALGAME, CH
FESTIVAL NEVERS A VIF, F                         URBANG FESTIVAL, D                                       MUSEE d'ETHNOGRAPHIE GENEVE, CH
ARIANO FOLK FEST, I                                  NOTTE DELLA TARANTA, I                                PLAI FESTIVAL, RO
KINO ŠIŠKA, SLO                                          KLUB MOČVARA, HR                                         CSC SCHIO, I
M4, B                                                              HORIZONS, F                                                     LE PLANCHER, F
WOMADELAIDE, AUS                                   WOMAD NZ, NZ                                                  ROCKOMOTIVES, F

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IFRIQIYYA ELECTRIQUE is supported by the Institut Français de Tunisie.

Officials photos by

Renaud de Foville
& Carlo Mazzotta.