Wild Serenade (Label Bleu)
Oud players Jean-Pierre Smadj (Tunisia) and and Mehdi Haddab (Algeria) take the tradition of the instrument to new places with their mix of rich North African acoustics and interesting parisian electronics.
" in playing together we show that it is natural for people to come together regardless of nationality or religion. Now it has become our fight, our cause." - Smadj
"a wickedly addictive piece of work..." - Jamie Renton
Read the interview from fRoots
The record label says:
Smadj and Mehdi Haddab, children of the Parisian musical turmoil of the 90’s, have chosen the oud, just like one chooses one’s favorite pastry: with an accepted greed, without fear nor complex. For a long time, the oriental-electronic producer and the Ekova magician-member have satisfied their need to play in their favorite bars or in the intimacy of a party among friends. With this very simplicity they decided to record the fruit of their night drifting. Respectfully insolent with the instrument tradition, alternating “classical” Arab tunes and personal compositions, warmth of the acoustic instrument and electronic saturation, the two companions even invited some colleagues to share their joy (particularly the Bum Cello’s “fireworks makers”).
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