“… Ifriqiyya Electrique have a clear vision and integrity in what they’re doing.” SONGLINES.
“ …. Challenging and visceral is Ifriqiyya Electrique…It’s innovative and brave.” LONDON EVENING STANDARD
“…How to enrich traditional world music without being dishonored ? …As Ifriqiyya Électrique formulates: ” elevation, sweat, blood, poetry and tears.” WRITTEN IN MUSIC
“…One of the most incredible albums I’ve listened to in recent years…. a curious but incredible mix of desert rock, of multiple percussion, of chanting, hip-hop and hints of Nine Inch Nails. … Intrigued ??? You should be…” LOUDER THAN WAR
IFRIQIYYA ELECTRIQUE is a unique project. More than a concert, it is a RESEARCH around several rites and trances as practised by the healing communities, from Gnawa to Banga. A recomposed music, a Transcendental and Post-industrial Ceremony. A performance from a Maghrebi COLLECTIVE of musicians interacting with Electronics and Amps.
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. Ifriqiyya Electrique let the devils communicate with COMPUTERS and ELECTRIC GUITARS to recompose together this adorcist rite of possession and trance. They are 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.
The album Rûwâhîne was released in May 2017 by GLITTERBEAT RECORDS. In July 2017, 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).
Ifriqiyya Electrique’s second album, LAYLET EL BOOREE, was published by GLITTERBEAT RECORDS in April 2019. It was immediately cataloged “album of the year” by several medias.