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Ifriqiyya Electrique
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Ifriqiyya Electrique

from North Africa/France

"The devil has taken possession of your soul and possibly your entire body. The community responds with movement, instruments, fire, benzoin and water to drive you towards your wildest side. It’s a syncretism between animism and Islam; a centuries-old tradition brought by Northwest African/Maghreb former slaves from Gnawa to Banga and a celebration of the ritual of adorcism – the polar opposite of an exorcism – where personal demons or spirits are welcomed to stay versus being banished.

The quartet Ifriqiyya Electrique melds seemingly radical, disparate styles of music in a unique sonic and visual cohesion to create intense sounds that are likely fresh to even the ears of the most astute global music aficionados. Field recordings are mixed with chugging bass riffs, brooding guitar and electronica and vocals courtesy of François Cambuzat and Gianna Greco of Putan Club, who have studied and filmed these ceremonies, creating hypnotic, exhilarating and at times downright spooky sounds. Bold, glorious and unrelenting, Ifriqiyya Electrique is a beautiful melding of ancient music from the Maghreb with the pulsing intensity of post-industrial rock."

Biography by Kerry Clarke

Full schedule coming soon! Stay tuned.