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.
Adorcist & Post-Industrial Ritual
Devils, Possession & Trance.
Boualem Fedel : vox, qraqebs
Simoh Bouchra : vox, qraqebs
Youssef Ghazala: vox, teshektshekas
Yahya Chouchen: vox, teshektshekas
Tarek Soltan: vox, teshektshekas
Fatma Chebbi: vox, teshektshekas
Zoé Martinot : drums, computer
Gianna Greco : bass, vox, computer, footage
François R. Cambuzat : guitars, vox, computer, footage, research
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,
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. Operates with Trans-Aeolian Transmission, Putan Club
and many others.
BOUALEM FEDEL is a living memory of the Maghrebi's transcendental musics.
In addition of being a practitioner healer musician, he studied
until masters of musicology these music of the Mahgreb,
from the Algerian Diwan to the Tunisian Stambeli and Moroccan Gnawa.
SIMOH BOUCHRA The detonator Adored by the community for his extroversion, his empathy
and his innate gift to transcend the assembly, Simoh 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. The warm and hoarse power.
YOUSSEF GHAZALA from the Banga community. Rhythm & elevation.
TAREK SOLTAN from the Banga community. Knives and tabla.
YAHYA CHOUCHEN from the Banga community. Just for the music and spirit.
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