Belkacem Drif will unveil his new album “Siempre lo mismo” on its release February 5, 2021 on Chez Oime Production / Inouïe Distribution.
This new work will be presented live on stage on Wednesday September 15, 2021 at the Studio de L’Ermitage (Paris).
Born in the outskirts of Paris, Belkacem Drif is the youngest in a family of 12 children. Though music has always been present in the family, nothing predestined him to become a professional musician.
It was with his neighbors, a musical family of gypsy origin, that he learned percussion, discovered flamenco and became passionate about this music. A turbulent boy, he was advised by his teacher to join a music school where he would play classical percussion. At age 16, he started playing at weekend dances and decided to devote himself entirely to music. He enrolled at the conservatory in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, then under the direction of Guy Hayat, he joined the CIM school of jazz, where he studied Jazz harmony with Philippe Baudoin. He graduated from the Emmanuel Bourseault drum school and earned his degree in musicology from University of Paris 8.
Belkacem Drif made his early inroads a professional musician accompanying many artists and groups. Rock or Bossanova, Soul or Jazz, Variety in the noble sense of the term, he got a taste of all flavors, nuances, sounds. He remains a lover of rhythm, of rhythms, wherever they might come from. From the music of his original Kabylia to his travels through Spain, Morocco or the United States, his meetings with musicians from all walks of life (Antonio Lopez, Brahim Izri, Julio Laks, Alain Jean-Marie, Saïd Mesnaoui and Travis Bürki, to name a few), Belkacem has maintained his fondness for sharing, for generous music, open to experiences and mixes. In short: openness towards others. SIEMPRE LO MISMO, his 2nd album, opens the door to singing and new encounters. All his compositions speak to this profound fondness for discovery and musical crossbreeding.