Adorcist & Post-Industrial Ritual
Devils, Possession & Trance.
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 aRESEARCH 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 COLLECTIVEof 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.
IFRIQIYYA ELECTRIQUE is constantly touring all year round and has been invited -among others- by WOMADs, WOMEX, FMM SINES, SZIGET, ROSKILDE, VIEILLES CHARRUES, NUITS SONORES, COLOURS OF OSTRAVA, POHODA, OFFEST, ARIANO FF, WOMADELAIDE, ROCKOMOTIVES, CALGARY FF, WINNIPEG FF, FESTIVAL D'ETE DE QUEBEC, MEG GENEVE, POP KULTUR BERLIN, AVANT ART FESTIVAL, MENUO JUODARAGIS, WDR3, ARTE CONCERT....
“Tradition is not to preserve the ashes but to pass on the fire.” Gustav Mahler
Syna Awel : vox, percussions
Nassima Moucheni : vox, percussions, dance
Gianna Greco : bass, vox, computer, footage
François R. Cambuzat : guitars, vox, computer, footage, research
Sound engineers : Hélène Kieffer and/orJosé Arantes
Video editor (official) : Carlo Mazzotta
Photographer (official) : Renaud de Foville
Origin : Maghreb / North Africa
Genres : Avant-World Music, Post-Industrial Ritual, Ethno,
Avant-Rock, Techno, Sacred Music
Years Active : 8th-11th centuries - Present
Label : Glitterbeat Records
"Yet even among that wealth of music, there is no band that sounds quite like Ifriqyya Electrique... Contacting ancient spirits, with electric guitar and pounding drums. The resulting fusion, on marvelous display on Laylet El Booree, is something like Western industrial music: pulsing, grinding music powered by riffs that roar like turbine engines and topped with soaring group chants and percussions from Maghreb." BANDCAMP - The Best Albums of the year
...It’s innovative and brave... LONDON EVENING STANDARD
...Ifriqiyya Electrique have a clear vision and integrity in what they’re doing... SONGLINES
...on stage it's really very impressive ... unconventional, never heard… BBC RADIO
...a heady amalgam of chanting, drums and the tchektchekas... It’s high-keyed music built to induce trance and encourage the spirits as they take control of their possessed mounts... THE WIRE
SOME CONCERTS PERFORMED
ROSKILDE Festival, DK WOMAD Festival, UK SZIGET Festival, H WOMEX 17, Katowice, PL
FMM SINES Festival, PT COLOURS OSTRAVA Festival, CZ VIEILLES CHARRUES, F MILHOES DE FESTA , PT
ETHNO PORT Festival, PL NUITS SONORES, F KOMETA Festival, LV HAMMAMET Festival, TN
OFFEST, MK INNEBRZMIENIA Festival, PL POHODA Festival, SK FEST MED, PT
NOTTE d. TARANTA Festival, I SKRZYOWANIE KULTUR Fest, PL URKULT Festival, SE BAM Fest., Barcelona, E
EXPLORE THE NORTH Fest, NL ANCIENNE BELGIQUE, B L'AMALGAME, CH F. MUSIKAREN EGUNA, F
FESTIVAL NEVERS A VIF, F URBANG FESTIVAL, D FESTIVAL MED, PT FEST. NEVERS À VIF, F
ARIANO FOLK FEST, I ROCKOMOTIVES, F PLAI FESTIVAL, RO KINO ŠIŠKA, SLO
KLUB MOČVARA, HR CSC SCHIO, I M4, B HORIZONS, F
MENUO JUODARAGIS Fest., LT LE PLANCHER, F INNENHOF FESTIVAL, D FEST HILLSIDE, CAN
WOMADELAIDE, AUS WOMAD NZ, NZ RESONATOR FEST, DK DB'S, NL
CALGARY FOLK FESTIVAL, CAN WINNIPEG FOLK FEST, CAN SOUTH COUNTRY FAIR, CAN IN BETWEEN SPACES, D
FESTIVAL d'ETÉ de QUÉBEC, CAN POP KULTUR BERLIN, D AVANT ART FESTIVAL, PL MOČVARA, HR
BLÅ, N FESTIVAL JAZZ OFF COLMAR, F FEST. DANCING PEOPLE DON'T DIE, F
FESTIVAL INVISIBLE, F L'AMPLI, F MUSEE d'ETHNOGRAPHIE GENEVE, CH
ARTE Concerts, F/D WDR3, D NUITS d'AFRIQUE de MONTRÉAL, CAN
Video playlist (officials, concerts, entire movie)
Bios : English / Français / Italiano
Riders (tech & hospitality)
Poster (Artwork Igor Hofbauer)
Ateliers & Workshops (English & français)
Philippe Guerrieri, François R. Cambuzat & Gianna Greco
France, Wax Booking
Netherlands, Paperclip Agency
distributed by :
Proper Music Group (UK)
Forced Exposure (USA)
Xango Music (BeNeLux)
Border Music (S+DK+N+FIN)
Gran Sol (E)
Compact Records (PT)
Matrix Music (SLO+SRB)
Pozitivan Ritam (HR)
Office Sambinha (J)
The Planet Company (AUS)
Southbound Distribution (NZ)