Amira Kheir – Live at Rich Mix – 20/2/14. New CD “Alsahraa” – Released 17/3/14

13 Feb

Amira Kheir – Live at Rich Mix – 20/2/14. New CD “Alsahraa” – Released 17/3/14
NEW RELEASE from STERNS MUSIC
Amira Kheir

Alsahraa
Released 17/3/14
CD Launch
Thursday 20 February 8pm
ARTS CANTEEN PRESENTS AMIRA KHEIR
Rich Mix
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
Tickets: £12, £10
BOX OFFICE 020 7613 7498
http://www.richmix.org.uk/

“it (Amira’s debut album) is both beautiful and fearless.” Songlines
“charming performer who’s captured her live acoustic sound well … comfortable with both high drama and intimate balladry.” The Independent


Following the release of her critically acclaimed first album ‘View From Somewhere’ (2011), Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir is back to launch her highly anticipated second album ‘Alsahraa’ (Contro Cultura Music/ Sterns) at Rich Mix on the 20th of February. A stunning set of minimalism and experimentation, Amira takes her opening statement made in ‘View From Somewhere’ even further – exploring Sudanese tradition through a jazz articulation, touches of blues and a lot of soul. With refined fluency in improvisation and through electric conversations with her long standing band of virtuosos featuring guitarist Camilo Menjura, double bassist Michele Montolli, drummer Leandro Mancini and special guests and long time collaborators oud player Nadir Ramzy, trumpet player James MacKay, Nay player Kalia Baklizanaki and Senegalese singer Abdoulaye Samb, Amira takes her mission to bold new heights with this second album. With ‘Alsahraa’, Amira reveals a distinctive vocal character, with great prowess and ability to navigate with fluidity the partitions between jazz, soul and traditional Sudanese repertoire. Recorded live with the intention of capturing the magic of Amira and her band’s live performance, this defining album is a true arrival point for this young artist and invites the listener to be overwhelmed in the barren landscape of the desert and to discover the fruits of alchemy between these young musicians.

Amira has continued to develop and refine her unique interpretation of the Sudanese tradition. This she achieves by combining it with original material in a contemporary acoustic setting, and while on Alsahraa she confines herself to just two languages, Arabic and Italian, her voice explores this repertoire with the ease and passion that only a true tri-lingual singer can. Born in Italy of Sudanese parents, Amira has now made London her home.

Rather in the spirit of the album’s title, “the desert”, her sound is clear and ascetic, and recorded in the acoustically beautiful space of the Union Chapel, London, it is a true and honest reflection of Amira’s own compelling live performances.

On Alsahraa Amira draws inspiration from Sudanese spirituals, re-interprets traditional repertoire and folkloric pieces, and adds flavour and influence from her roots to her own compositions which make up the majority of the album. Her compositions showcase her versatility as a songwriter as well as her growth as a performer through songs such as ‘Ya Gadir’ (Powerful One) an earthy percussion led spiritual setting the tone for the album; the enchanting and ethereal seminal piece ‘Alsahraa’ (The Desert); ‘Habibi Ta’al’ (Come to me, my love) a dramatic and fiery re-arrangement of a popular tale of impossible love; the polyrhythmic and invigorating feminist manifesto ‘Ya Mara’ (Woman); an hypnotic and cinematic ‘Luna’ (Moon) where the relationship between vocals and bass sets the mood for an alluring and spontaneous improvisation; the explosively euphoric percussion led traditional piece ‘Sera’ where Amira showcases her vocal leading abilities; the uplifting ‘Kasr Almiraya’ (The shattering mirror) a groovy blues and Amira’s most daring vocal performance; the beautiful and poetic ‘Fil teyf’ an oud and voice rendition where Amira pays tribute to one of the great Sudanese songwriters of the Haqeeba tradition and the haunting ‘Khallooni’ (Let Me Be), the album’s chilling closing statement. Hypnotic, assertive, spiritual, defiant; Amira’s second album ‘Alsahraa’ is emblem that at the creative crossroads lies a possibility, incumbent upon artists, to colour outside the lines.

Relaxed yet alert and articulate, Amira is no stranger to the BBC and other broadcasters’ studios, nor indeed, to some of the world’s most prestigious stages and festivals including the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, and the Festival Of The Desert in Mali. Her music might be set in the wide open spaces of Alsahraa, but its impact is intimate and personal.

www.amirakheir.com

Imed Alibi – Safar – 10/3/14 – Wayward/IRL

3 Feb

Please get in touch if you could use a copy and haven’t already received one.
Cheers,
Gerry

Imed Alibi

Safar

Released on 10/3/14 via Wayward/IRL079

Imed Alibi’s music is an epic and joyful expression of a soul revolution. Built on the percussive foundations of Alibi’s Berber and Sufi rhythms, virtuoso Tunisian violinist Zied Zouari’s emotive quarter-tone melisma soars over rich orchestrations, heavyweight dub lines, and distorted digital beats. This is the soundtrack for a new Arab vision of the 21st century”. Justin Adams (JuJu, Tinariwen, Robert Plant)

Imed Alibi makes world music. Modern world music. A world of rhythms, beats, melody, ideas, transformation, technology and passion. In a world where everything is fluid, they transcend all notions of time, space and musical genre.

The brainchild of percussion virtuoso, Imed Alibi, former member of The Boukakes, who’s played with everyone from Mamdouh Bahri to Watcha Clan, his is a music built on the percussive foundations of Berber and Sufi rhythms, a violin surfing an orchestral wave, digital beats lapping at its feet, a heavyweight bassline grounding its race to the shore. The violin is Khaled, Emel Mathlouthi and Sultana collaborator, Zied Zouari, from Tunisia; the beats are Zé Luis Nascimento, the Brazilian percussionist of choice to such as Titi Robin and Mayra Andrade; and the bassline is Speed Caravan’s Pascal Teillet. From all corners of the world, this magical project fuses one progressive musical vision.

No strangers to the studio, these four musicians set out on a journey to find, capture and crystalise the music they knew the project had the potential to inspire. But no journey was necessary, as immediately, the music found, captured and crystalised them. With sympathetic and innovative production input from Justin Adams (JuJu, Tinariwen, Robert Plant) and Tim Oliver (The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, New Order, Robert Plant, Sinead O’Connor) and added keyboards and electronic effects from French arranger and composer, Stephane Puech, Imed Alibi is now set to release a groundbreaking debut album on IRL Records.

Safar means trip or journey in Arabic, which is apt. Safar began about 2 years as a percussion project with Zé Luis. Imed and Zé Luis then decided to add more melodic elements, which led naturally to inviting Zied to add his violin and Pascal to underpin the sessions with his bass. Once they were all in the studio they decided to introduce Stephane’s electronic effects. Imed had previously met Justin Adams at various festivals as a member of Robert Plant’s band and knowing that Justin was a fellow musical adventurer invited him to get involved in arrangements and production.

Beautiful, sensual and captivating, this is modern Arabic music of ambition and courage, where culture and geography have merged as one, taking us to the heart of hope and the source of being human, offering an intimate meditation on the meaning of our lives.

IMED ALIBI

Biography

Artistic direction and percussion

Imed Alibi is an exceptional percussionist and musician. He started playing percussion at an early age in classical North African/Middle Eastern orchestras. He moved to Montpellier, France in the early 2000s, where he played in a variety of groups, working in a variety of styles – from flamenco, Eastern, gypsy fusion bringing his musical talent to dance and theatre. For eight years he toured with the Boukakes, an oriental rock band that produced two studio albums. Since then he has played with Rachid Taha, Safy Boutella, Mamdouh Bahri, Ghalia Benali, Mercan Dede, Watcha Clan and Michel Marre and composed music for a documentary for the ARTE channel in 2012. For three years he also recorded and toured with the Tunisian singer-songwriter Emel Mathlouthi.

For more information please contact Gerry Lyseight:
gerry@glpr.co.uk / 07798
533 866 / www.gerrylyseight.co.uk

La Linea 14 – The London Latin Music Festival 2014 – The Latest

27 Jan
  • Dom La Nena added to Ed Motta’s Union Chapel show
  • Brighton show added to Ed Motta tour
  • new date for Grupo Niche show

The London Latin Music Festival 2014
Friday 4 April – Gaby Moreno – Rich Mix
Friday 4 April – LONDON COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR – GOSPEL MEETS LATIN
Featuring Omar Puente and his band
Union ChapelMonday 7 April – Ed Motta + Dom La Nena – Union Chapel (Ed Motta also on La Linea tour, details below)
Tuesday 8 April – Roberto Fonseca + Family Atlantica – Koko
Thursday 10 April – Lokkhi Terra presents CubAfroBeat featuring Dele Sosimi – Rich Mix
Friday 11 April 11 – Marinah (from Ojos de Brujo) - Rich Mix
Friday 2 May – Grupo Niche + DJs Johnny G, Julian Mr M & Fercho KBson - Electric Brixton

*** more shows to be added ***

LA LINEA was created by Como No in 2001 to showcase the Latin contribution to the wider musical world and to celebrate new artists, new collaborations and new projects. It also recognises and responds to London’s growing status as one of the world’s great Latin cities, home to many Latin artists and a hungry and diverse audience. La Linea takes place each year in a range of venues across central London from clubs to concert halls, presenting the widest range of new Latin music.

As ever La Linea touches down throughout the diaspora with participation from Brazil, Spain, Guatemala, Colombia and Cuba – with African roots represented by Nigerian ex-Fela sideman, Dele Sosimi. Never forgetting that it’s a London ting, where diversity is writ large, La Linea 14 welcomes local global bands Lokkhi Terra and Family Atlantica. As for genres featured in La Linea 14, we have Classic Cali salsa from perennial hit makers, Grupo Niche; quirky Brazilian jazz funk from a true master in the substantial form of Ed Motta; the rebooted Flamenco of ex-Ojos de Brujo front woman Marinah, whose new style has more flavours than a freshly made jug of sangria; while Roberto Fonseca stretches out from his Buena Vista Social Club roots into all things jazzy and Afro Cuban; alongside the fresh talent of Latin Grammy best newcomer, Gaby Moreno (currently touring as part of Hugh Laurie’s Copper Bottom Band); new and unique projects like Lokkhi Terra presents CubAfroBeat featuring Dele Sosimi and London Community Gospel Choir’s, Gospel Meets Latin featuring Omar Puente and his band for a different kind of Hot Gospel (Gospel Caliente, perhaps?)

La Linea is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by PRS for Music Foundation.

GABY MORENO
+ support

Friday 4 April
Doors 8pm
Rich Mix
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
Box Office: 020 7613 7498
Tickets: £15 in advance
http://www.richmix.org.uk/

After a whirlwind couple of years Gaby Moreno won the Latin Grammy for best new artist in November 2013. Born and raised in Guatemala, she started listening to blues, r&b and soul at a young age. Singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin inspired her to take on singing herself. She released her debut album Still The Unknown in 2008. Latina Magazine acclaimed her “Best New Latin Artist 2010″. The next year without any push or support from a label, her independently released second album IlIustrated Songs reached #1 in sales on Latin Itunes and Amazon Latin.

In 2012, Gaby Moreno recorded the duet “Fuiste Tu” with her countryman Ricardo Arjona. The song won wide approval with a Latin audience as well as two Latin Grammy nominations for “Song of The Year” and “Recording Of The Year”. Subsequently Gaby released her third album Postales which retains the same swing as her previous records and is sung completely in Spanish.

In 2013, she recorded a duet with Hugh Laurie, for his album Didn’t It Rain, a cover of the popular song “Kiss Of Fire” and Gaby has been touring the world with Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band.

“The Guatemalan songwriter Gaby Moreno plucked ragtimey syncopations on a well-worn acoustic guitar, and let loose a tangy, bluesy voice with the feistiness of Édith Piaf.” - NY Times

“Moreno’s breathtaking voice is passionate and stylistically malleable, as she glides back and forth easily between bossa nova and bluesy rock.”- NPR Tiny Desk

www.gaby-moreno.com

Youtube links:

http://youtu.be/0QZLNgylLCA

La Linea 14 – The London Latin Music Festival April 2014 – FIRST SEVEN SHOWS ANNOUNCED

13 Dec

The London Latin Music Festival April 2014
FIRST SEVEN SHOWS ANNOUNCED 12 December 2013

Friday 4 April – Gaby Moreno – Rich Mix
Friday 4 April – LONDON COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR – GOSPEL MEETS LATIN
Featuring Omar Puente and his band
Union ChapelMonday 7 April – Ed Motta – Union Chapel & Tour
Tuesday 8 April – Roberto Fonseca + Family Atlantica – Koko
Thursday 10 April – Lokkhi Terra presents CubAfroBeat featuring Dele Sosimi – Rich Mix
Friday 11 April 11 – Marinah - Rich Mix
Saturday 12 April – Grupo Niche + DJs Johnny G, Julian Mr M & Fernando KBson – Electric Brixton

*** more shows to be added ***

LA LINEA was created by Como No in 2001 to showcase the Latin contribution to the wider musical world and to celebrate new artists, new collaborations and new projects. It also recognises and responds to London’s growing status as one of the world’s great Latin cities, home to many Latin artists and a hungry and diverse audience. La Linea takes place each April in a range of venues across central London from clubs to concert halls, presenting the widest range of new Latin music.

As ever La Linea touches down throughout the diaspora with participation from Brazil, Spain, Guatemala, Colombia and Cuba – with African roots represented by Nigerian ex-Fela sideman, Dele Sosimi. Never forgetting that it’s a London ting, where diversity is writ large, La Linea 14 welcomes local global bands Lokkhi Terra and Family Atlantica. As for genres featured in La Linea 14, we have Classic Cali salsa from perennial hit makers, Grupo Niche; quirky Brazilian jazz funk from a true master in the substantial form of Ed Motta; the rebooted Flamenco of ex-Ojos de Brujo front woman Marinah, whose new style has more flavours than a freshly made jug of sangria; while Roberto Fonseca stretches out from his Buena Vista Social Club roots into all things jazzy and Afro Cuban; alongside the fresh talent of Latin Grammy best newcomer, Gaby Moreno (currently touring as part of Hugh Laurie’s Copper Bottom Band); new and unique projects like Lokkhi Terra presents CubAfroBeat featuring Dele Sosimi and London Community Gospel Choir’s, Gospel Meets Latin featuring Omar Puente and his band for a different kind of Hot Gospel (Gospel Caliente, perhaps?)

La Linea is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by PRS for Music Foundation.

GABY MORENO
+ support

Friday 4 April
Doors 8pm
Rich Mix
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
Box Office: 020 7613 7498
Tickets: £15 in advance
http://www.richmix.org.uk/

After a whirlwind couple of years Gaby Moreno won the Latin Grammy for best new artist in November 2013. Born and raised in Guatemala, she started listening to blues, r&b and soul at a young age. Singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin inspired her to take on singing herself. She released her debut album Still The Unknown in 2008. Latina Magazine acclaimed her "Best New Latin Artist 2010". The next year without any push or support from a label, her independently released second album IlIustrated Songs reached #1 in sales on Latin Itunes and Amazon Latin.

In 2012, Gaby Moreno recorded the duet “Fuiste Tu” with her countryman Ricardo Arjona. The song won wide approval with a Latin audience as well as two Latin Grammy nominations for “Song of The Year” and “Recording Of The Year”. Subsequently Gaby released her third album Postales which retains the same swing as her previous records and is sung completely in Spanish.

In 2013, she recorded a duet with Hugh Laurie, for his album Didn’t It Rain, a cover of the popular song "Kiss Of Fire” and Gaby has been touring the world with Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band.

“The Guatemalan songwriter Gaby Moreno plucked ragtimey syncopations on a well-worn acoustic guitar, and let loose a tangy, bluesy voice with the feistiness of Édith Piaf.” - NY Times

“Moreno’s breathtaking voice is passionate and stylistically malleable, as she glides back and forth easily between bossa nova and bluesy rock.”- NPR Tiny Desk

http://www.gaby-moreno.com

Youtube links:

http://youtu.be/0QZLNgylLCA

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.