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IFRIQIYYA ELECTRIQUE - Artwork Igor Hofb

Artwork Igor Hofbauer

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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 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 EXPERIENCE and a RESEARCH around several rites and trances as practised by the Maghrebi healing communities, from Gnawa to Banga, from Tunisia to Morocco. A recomposed music, a Transcendental and Post-industrial Ceremony.  A performance from a Maghrebi COLLECTIVE of musicians interacting with Electronics and Amps. 

 

« 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.

 “Tradition is not to preserve the ashes but to pass on the fire.” Gustav Mahler

 

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IFRIQIYYA ELECTRIQUE

 

Adorcist & Post-Industrial Ritual

Devils, Possession & Trance. 


Syna Awel :                        vox, percussions
Nassima Moucheni :         vox, percussions, dance

Gianna Greco :                   bass, vox, computer, footage

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

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The extended collective :
Dyaa Zniber :                     vox, percussions

Sanae Assif :                      vox, percussions

Alima Hamel :                    vox, percussions

Awatef Fettar :                   vox, percussions

Fouad Darwish                  percussions

Zoé Martinot :                     drums, backing vocals

Simoh Bouchra :                vox, qraqebs
Boualem Fedel :                 vox, qraqebs
Youssef Ghazala:               vox, teshektshekas
Yahya Chouchen:               vox, teshektshekas  
Tarek Soltan:                      vox, teshektshekas
Fotma Chibbe:                    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).


SYNA AWEL Amazigh singer from Algeria, 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.

NASSIMA MOUCHENI born in Tizi-Ouzou, Kabylia, and deeply attached to her roots,

Nassima Moucheni takes advantage of her biculturalism to develop her critical mind.
Wild and extremely cathartic,
she's leading the pain of the participants towards a resolutely healing elevation.

Nassima is also the founder of the choreographic company Nmara and as well a sound designer,

developing a peculiar way of combining the traditional with the modern.


SOUND ENGINEERS : Hélène Kieffer and/or José Arantes

VIDEO EDITOR (official) : Carlo Mazzotta

PHOTOGRAPHER (official):  Renaud de Foville

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

 

Dyaa Zniber from Morocco, singer of sacred music, Dyaa is as reliable in music as in life.
Dedicated to emotion, friendship, frankness. Someone you can count on.

Sannae Assif  from Morocco, music, rituals, theatre, violence & politics.

Halima Hamel and her language that comes from the depths of souls, which speaks the unspeakable,

which dares impudence, the painful, the marvelous.  

Fouad Darwish qraqebs from Transcendental Morocco.

Zoé Martinot  a young drummer from the European avant-garde,and already

millions of kilometers. Special guest when possible.

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.

Simoh Bouchra  Born in the Gnawa community, raised with the Moroccan rock scene.

Boualem Fedel from Algiers & the Maghrebi's transcendental musics. Muslim righteousness and frankness.

Yahya Chouchen from the Banga community. Just for the music and spirit.​ Adored by the community

for his extroversion, his empathy.

Youssef Ghazala  from Tozeur. Rhythm & elevation.

Tarek Soltan  from Masghouna. Knives and tabla. A real detonator.

Fatma Chouchen  from Masghouna. Sweetness & radical feminism. 

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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                                  ROCKOMOTIVES, F                                             PLAI FESTIVAL, RO
KINO ŠIŠKA, SLO                                          KLUB MOČVARA, HR                                         CSC SCHIO, I
M4, B                                                             HORIZONS, F                                                      LE PLANCHER, F
WOMADELAIDE, AUS                                   WOMAD NZ, NZ                                                  
MENUO JUODARAGIS Festival, LT

CALGARY FOLK FESTIVAL, CAN                 WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL, CAN                      FESTIVAL d'ETÉ de QUÉBEC, CAN   

M.E.G., CH                                                     SOUTH COUNTRY FAIR, CAN                             HILLSIDE, CAN                     

NUITS d'AFRIQUE de MONTRÉAL, CAN     POP KULTUR BERLIN, D                                    RESONATOR FESTIVAL, DK
ARTE Concerts, F/D                                    AVANT ART FESTIVAL, PL                                 INNENHOF FESTIVAL, D

 "In effetti, le rivoluzioni storiche presentano tutti i caratteri della transe collettiva. Non si tratta di una transe ritualizzata come la si può incontrare nella macumba, nel vodu o nelle altre istituzioni della transe di origine africana. […] È l’effervescenza collettiva per così dire allo stato puro: senza istituzionalizzazione visibile. […] Esiste, infatti, dal punto di vista di ciò che Marx chiama transizione, un nesso “sotterraneo” tra il corpo in transe e il corpo sociale in effervescenza. Ma è solo nei periodi rivoluzionari della storia che esso si manifesta: quando i corpi asserviti si liberano, quando - come ha mostrato Boris Souvarine, nella sua descrizione del primo momento dell’insurrezione in Russia - le riserve di energia rivoluzionaria a lungo compresse fanno irruzione su tutti i punti, senza piano né parole d’ordine. La rivoluzione è una transe sociale."  Gianni De Martino, prima edizione del Saggio Sulla Transe di Georges Lapassade (Feltrinelli, 1980). Grazie a Tobia D’Onofrio.

   

“In fact, historical revolutions present all the characteristics of the collective transe. It is not a ritualized transe as it can be found in macumba, voodoo or other institutions of the transe of African origin. [...] It is collective effervescence, so to speak, in its pure state: without visible institutionalization. […] In fact, from the point of view of what Marx calls transition, there is an “underground” connection between the body in transe and the social body in effervescence. But it is only in the revolutionary periods of history that it manifests itself: when the enslaved bodies are liberated, when - as Boris Souvarine has shown in his description of the first moment of the insurrection in Russia - the long-compressed reserves of revolutionary energy erupt on all points, without plan or passwords. Revolution is a social transe."

Gianni De Martino, first edition of Saggio Sulla Transe di Georges Lapassade (Feltrinelli, Italy, 1980). Thanks to Tobia D’Onofrio.

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