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Sur la route 55 de Laurent Zerat The Doc

Sorry, this entry is only available in French. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language.Laurent Zerat, The Doc fait partie de ces personnes qui, animées par la passion et le désir de la partager, ont cette capacité à faire de leurs rêves les plus fous une réalité et de transformer cette réalité pour que leurs semblables atteignent eux aussi cette part de rêve. Laurent Zerat est médecin pathologiste le jour et musicien la nuit. Son premier album «Route 55», a été élaboré avec coeur et acharnement, Laurent ayant dû se confronter aux aléas de la vie de musicien professionnel qu’il est devenu. Pour réaliser cet opus, il s’entoure notamment de David Salkin à la batterie, Olivier Brossard à la basse, François Delfin à la guitare et David Mirandon aux percussions. Laurent Zerat avait rencontré les trois premiers en 2003 lors de la tournée de Florent Pagny, à laquelle il avait eu le bonheur de participer. Un moment inoubliable pour The Doc... Le docteur rockeur sera sur scène les 23 et 24 mars 2012 au Zèbre à Paris pour le concert de lancement de cet album si mûrement réfléchi et élaboré avec toute sa passion. Il fêtera à cette occasion son 55e anniversaire, en compagnie de son fidèle public, des amateurs de musique des années 70 issus de la génération Woodstock. ********** INFOS Site : www.laurentzerat.net Facebook : Laurent Zerat
19 March 2012

Habib Faye, the incredible Senegalese bassist

Habib Faye is a bassist, keyboardist, composer and grammy-nominated producer from Senegal. He is mostly known as the musical director for Youssou N’dour‘s Super Étoile de Dakar. He is one of the most talented African bassists of the last quarter century. He has been playing the bass and producing music for Super Etoilesince 1984 or earlier. He is believed to have picked up the bass at age 13, but started his musical exploration at age 9, thanks to his older brother, Vieux Mac Faye, who is an accomplished guitarist himself. His other brothers are musicians as well. Lamine Faye is one of Senegal‘s most popular and respected guitar players, and for a long time was a member of Super Diamono, before he left to form his own band, Lemzo Diamono, in 1991. Adama Faye, who died in 2005, is regarded as one of the pioneers of keyboard playing in Senegal. He was one of the founding members of Super Diamono and also played keys for Super Etoile back in the 80’s. The Faye brothers are, in many ways, very similar to the Wooten brothers, although they never formed a band. Super Etoile is one of Africa’s best live bands, and they have been traveling all over the world for nearly three decades. In fact, in November 2007, music critic Robert Christgau said on NPR’s All Songs Considered that he believed Youssou N’Dour‘s band is the world’s best live band. Habib Faye cites the Amnesty International’s “Human Rights Now” world tour in 1988 as maybe his most rewarding time as a musician. He says that it allowed him to grow as a bassist as he got to share the stage with music icons, such as Peter Gabriel, Sting, Tracy Chapman, and Bruce Springsteen. It is also in the middle of that tour that the album The Lion, in which Peter Gabriel participated, was recorded. Gabriel would invite Habib to join him on other records of his own later on. In 1996, Mickey Hart hired him to play bass parts on his Mystery Box album. Habib Faye‘s resume also includes playing alongside a wide range of artists like Manu Katche, Mokhtar Samba, Joe Zawinul, Paco Sery, Gilberto Gil, Chet Atkins, Mark Knopfler, Branford Marsalis, Poogie Bell, David Sancious, Lionel Loueke, Tania St Val, Jacob Devarieux, David Sanborn, Brazil’s Carlinhos Brown, just to name a few. He has produced albums for Senegal’s top-selling artists such as Viviane N’Dour and Kiné Lam. In Senegal, he is regarded as a true genius as he has taken the bass to a completely new level in this West African nation. He is one of bass players in Senegal that brought the bass to the forefront and made it an instrument to be reckoned with. The song Bekoor, from Youssou N’Dour’s 1984 album Badou, is a reference for many Senegalese bassists. He has produced virtually every Youssou N’Dour album since 1984, including the acclaimed 1994 The Guide. In addition to having years of gigging under his belt, producing and touring with Super Étoile, he has been involved in many musical projects in Senegal, working with local artists. The latest is Abdou Guité Seck, Wock’s former vocalist, who is now pursuing a solo career. His latest album is slated for release later this year. Habib’s forte is his versatility. He grew up in an environment where music had no boundaries. His parents grew up dancing Salsa and rock ‘n’ roll. He also grew up seeing his older brothers experimenting with jazz and blues sonorities. He can virtually play any style, from the rootsiest Mbalax (Senegal’s predominant musical style) to the grooviest Funk, not to mention Afrobeat and jazz. Harmattan, the first band he founded, was one of the headlining acts at the 1998 edition of Saint-Louis International Jazz Festival, Senegal, one of the most prominent jazz festivals in Africa.In recent years, Habib has been focusing on the new Afro-jazz band he occasionally puts together, Habib Faye Quartet. The line-up changes sometimes. As far as his music philosophy is concerned, he explains that he is not trying to compete with jazz musicians or do pure jazz, but he tries to bring two different worlds together, i.e. the richness of the African sound and the world of jazz. He takes the blend of African music and jazz to a new level adding traditional African instruments such as Kora, Sabar, Tama, and lesser-known ones. African music being very percussion-oriented, Habib developed a technique where he can often be heard playing percussion parts on his bass. That has the effect of making his sound far more rhythmic and distinctive. His brand of Mbalax that can be heard in most Youssou N’Dour albums, especially those released on the Senegalese market, puts percussive bass playing to the fore. With that he gives more power to the afore-mentioned African traditional instruments. His experiments culminated into the release of a live album, only available in Senegal, Special tribute to Jaco Pastorius, Live at “Central Park” Dakar. You can hear him on the album revisit some of Jaco’s best known lines during his Weather Report years, adding an African twist to it. Habib Faye’s musicianship doesn’t stop at the bass; he is also an experienced keyboard player. He can be heard playing keyboard bass on countless Super Étoile tunes. He is one of the finest keyboard bassists out there. He pioneered marimba keyboard playing in Senegalese music, and it is the most popular style in Senegal right now. Paradoxically, he thinks that producers are now stuck with it and seem not to want to look further. The lack of creativity on the part of some Senegalese musical directors worries him particularly. His work on guitar is no less important. All of that is evidenced in Youssou N’Dour‘s Live at Union Chapel DVD released in 2003. In 2006, Habib flew to New York to work with Angelique Kidjo on her latest album, Djin Djin, released on May 1, 2007. Kidjo’s website credits him as the “Senegalese bass giant”. Djin Djin, which won a Grammy award in 2008, features a myriad of stars, such as Alicia Keys, Peter Gabriel, Carlos Santana, Josh Groban, and Branford Marsalis. Habib is currently touring with Angelique Kidjo, and has been since last year. They recently played the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands. In March 2008, Habib Faye continued his jazz experiments when he brought Lionel Loueke, Herbie Hancock’s guitar player, and Mokhtar Samba, one of Africa’s premier drummers, to Dakar for a series of Afro-jazz concerts. The act was dubbed the “trio magique.” Habib endorsed De Gier basses in July 2008. The Dutch guitar maker credits him on its website as “an amazing bass player”. Habib Faye is currently working on his debut album that was initially slated for release in 2009, but is still in the works. ***** INFORMATION H2O (first album): March 5, 2012 Website: www.odarasprod.com Facebook: Odaras prod / Habib Faye
14 March 2012

Kuku, the soldier of peace from Nigeria

American born Lagos Nigeria bred singer-songwriter KUKU bridges the gap between his Yoruba roots and the western world. His haunting, genre bending rootsy sounds, and conscious songwriting is often mentioned in context with some of his diverse influences such as Richie Haven, Fela Kuti, … Following years of odd jobs, serving in the United States Army, and attaining his university degree, KUKU launched his music career in the mid 2000s with a series of independent releases, Love Sessions (2005), Unexpected Pleasures (2006), and The Absence of Cool (2007) and Love in a Time of Hope & Recession (2009). He toured in the US college and university scene, coffee houses, and busked extensively on street corners notably the Alexandria, Virginia boardwalk before relocating to Paris France in 2011. After a few failed record company connections in Paris, he self-released his 4th and what he deems his coming of age album, Soldier of Peace (Balogun ÌRÒRÙN) in 2013. Songs like “The Cure” and “Live life Now” resonated heavily with his growing French following. Also in 2013 he lent his voice to the ORANGE™ sponsored advert for the African Cup of Nationssinging the legendary Liverpool Football Club anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone‘. His collaboration with Congolese/Belgian rapper Baloji on a reprise of Fela Kuti‘s ‘Buy Africa‘ is the leading track on the 2013 ‘RED HOT + FELA’ album by Knitting Factory Records. He collaborated on legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen‘s 2015 released album “Film of LIfe.” With co-production with his long time South African musical partner Mongezi Ntaka (Lucky Dube, Vusi Mahlasela), KUKU followed suit with the album “Ballads & Blasphemy : The Areligious Gospel of Adebola Kuku“. The album was released in 2015 by Buda Musiques, an eminent French record label specializing in world music. KUKU earned critical acclaimed with the French musical press; Telerama Magazine, Le Monde newspaper, UK’s Songlines magazine, RFI radio, and France-inter radio. Lately, KUKU has lent is voice and songwriting to some dance music producers. His collaboration with Monsieur Scott on a EP called REVISITED was released in late 2015. In late 2016, Charles Schillings a renowned French House DJ and producer released the single Where Are You ?featuring the voice of KUKU. ***** INFORMATION Website: kukulive.com Facebook: KUKUMUSIC Youtube: youtube.com/user/KUKULIVE
13 February 2012

The Strides, the reggae from Sidney

With their explosive melting pot of Afrobeat, Reggae, Hip-Hop and Dancefloor jazz, 9-piece ensemble THE STRIDES has already won over a steadfast following in Australia. After a lengthy series of gigs that includes supporting afrobeat legend Tony Allen and becoming a headline act at both the Bellingen Global Carnival and Peats Ridge Festival, this dynamic outfit is ready to launch its new album “Reclamation” on Record Kicks. With a heavy rhythm section and a powerful 3-piece horn section, The Strides deliver a captivating blend of funky afrobeat, roots reggae, hip hop grooves, dubbed out beats, and hypnotic rhythms. Featuring vocals by reggae master Ras Roni from Trinidad via London and rising hip hop star from Fiji MC Lil Gzeus (Little Jesus) over the super skanky, infectious, horn-heavy grooves of the band, “Reclamation” perfectly showcases the mighty force of The Strides’ innovative sound. From afrobeat-infused instrumental romps such as “Umbi Gumbi” and “Well Hung Parliament” to hip hop stormers such as first single “Reclamation”, to hints of roots reggae on “Storm Cloud” and “Fresh Lady”, Australia’s best kept secret The Strides impressively mix and combine a series of genres, and the result is something special, indeed! ********** INFORMATION Facebook: facebook.com/thestridesband Myspace: myspace.com/thestridesband Youtube: youtube.com/user/thestridesmusic Website: thestridesband.com
14 November 2011

Anofela, The Golden Boy of Ivory Coast

Sorry, this entry is only available in French. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language.Anofela est un artiste d'afro/ hip-hop né en Côte d’Ivoire. Auteur, interprète et  compositeur, il a notamment écrit et réalisé, en 2007, en collaboration avec Kaysha et Kamnouze, l’album du jeune trio féminin, Les Déesses, intitulé « Saveurs exotiques ». Il participera activement également à l’élaboration de l’album « Avec ou sans toi » de Lylah, la leader du groupe, sorti en 2009 chez Nouvelle Donne. En avant-goût de son album solo tant attendu, The Blackprez nous livre une véritable pépite avec sa blackmixtape « The Jaypre’z », sortie en août 2010. Ce projet rencontre déjà un énorme succès auprès de la communauté afro-antillaise internationale, notamment avec « Empire State of Blackprez ». Son album qu’il prépare entre Paris, Abidjan et les Etats-Unis et qui s’annonce très éclectique, sortira au printemps 2012. Il sera teinté de ses influences musicales et de ses convictions politiques et sociales. Anofela est « un homme du peuple, dans le peuple et toujours pour le peuple », comme il aime à se définir. D’où son titre de Blackprez, le président noir, tel que se nommait lui-même le grand Fela Kuti, sa référence, son inspiration. Anofela The Blackprez n’a pas fini de faire parler de lui !   ***** Myspace : www.myspace.com/anofela You Tube : www.youtube.com/user/anofela
5 August 2010