Electric Jalaba return with 'Merhaba', the hotly anticipated follow up to 2012's 'Introducing'
In the summer of 2011, eclectic groove adventurers, Soundspecies met UK -based, Moroccan gnawa master musician Simo Lagnawi at a festival.
After a handful of jam sessions and without ever having performed together in public, they booked two days in a studio to document their space-age-gnawa experimentations. From the music created that weekend - available on CD and download, entitled ‘Introducing Electric Jalaba’ - it was clear that they were on to something special, not just a one-off collaboration. It formed the basis of an electrifying live set that over the course of a year propelled Electric Jalaba to become one of London’s in demand live acts. They have played a string of UK and European festival dates including Bestival, Latitude, Wilderness, Boomtown, Secret Garden Party and trips to Cyprus, Italy, Denmark, Czech Republic and Latvia, while their self-made videos have gathered over 40,000 youtube hits. They have developed and matured their writing process and deepened their explorations into gnawa music and beyond. A new album, 'Merhaba', released in April 2015 represents many possibilities of Gnawa fusion - with everything from the more traditional sounding ‘Moulana’ and 'Subai' to the hyper funk of ‘Merhaba’, the Afro-beat infused ‘Fatima’ and the chugging, Zeppelin-esque rock of ‘Ngsha’ - all the while sounding like a cohesive, groove-driven collection. They continue to tour and gather fans.
released April 28, 2015
Simo Lagnawi - gimbri, lead vocals, krakabs and percussion
Dave De Rose - drum kit and percussion
Barnaby Keen - guitar, backing vocals, krakabs and percussion
Nathaniel Keen - lead guitar, backing vocals, pianet, organ and percussion
Oliver Keen - bass guitar, fx and percussion
Henry Keen - synthesizers, rhodes, space echo and percussion
Backing vocals on Moulana and Cubaili - Bila Bila and Ihsan
Backing vocals on Elbania - Emine Pirhasan
Ney on Jalaba - Alkis Agathocleous
Ululations - Jan Blake
Recorded at MIDI Music Centre, Deptford by Ahmad Dayes
except Subai, recorded at Boxbred studios by Dave De Rose
Tracks 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 9 mixed by Nils Johnson for Brave & Bold Industries
Tracks 7, 8 and 10 mixed by Oliver Keen
Mastered by Dan Baldwin at Metropolis
Cover by Henry Keen
A deep groove-heavy meeting between Moroccan Gnawa master Simo Lagnawi, Italian/English drummer Dave De Rose and four
musical brothers; Henry, Oliver, Nathaniel and Barnaby Keen from Dorset (UK).
Traditional songs about colourful spirits, mysterious women, men that divide oceans and armies of conquerors weave themselves among enormous infectious grooves, analogue effects and warped guitars....more