Darna ends the season with a warm winter programme
METX presents: AGO GNAWA FEAT. T.B. WÈH & BLAST.
Brass from the world of jazz and world music, multilingual vocals, spoken word and rhythms that take you to North and West Africa. A unique line-up and a sound that is 100% OMIB (acronym for only Mogelijk In Brussels - only possible in Brussels)!
However, the roots of this colourful combo go back to Glasgow. At the invitation of the Scottish music organisation Oi Musica, band leaders Luc Mishalle and Jo Zanders took part in the climate campaign Let it Grow - Music for COP 26. Together with a dozen other musicians from the MetX biosphere, they produced an adaptation of the song Enough is Enough in English, French, Arabic and Fon (the lingua franca of Benin and Togo, among others). The song was recorded at the Poriau studio in Antwerp, with an accompanying video clip made at the Circularium in Anderlecht
At Darna's request, the 3 units will meet again in Brussels. AGO Gnawa, Luc Mishalle's à la carte project on Gnawa music and related genres, is the bridge between the other two upcoming ensembles. On the one hand, T.B. Wèh, a group with roots from Leuven to Ghana, guarantees an exciting marriage of electronically amplified percussion and hip-hop. On the other hand, BLAST, a new brass and saxophone quartet with an exceptional composition and sound: 2 trumpeters, an alto saxophonist and a bass saxophonist from Brussels, Benin, Liege and Antwerp.
On 12 December, they will present a new set consisting almost exclusively of music they have created themselves, enhanced by a special guest, Adrien Sezouba Rikura. This groovy show will be punctuated by a song or a touch of spoken word.
Line-up: Jo Zanders: pocket drums - Isaac Kobena Bedu: talking drum - Rania (TBC): tenor drum - Driss Filali: sentir, vocals, krakeb, tbel - Hicham Bilali: vocals, krakeb - Veronique Delmelle: alto-, bariton sax, vocals - Eric Yovogan: trumpet, vocals - Joris De Beer: trumpet - Luc Mishalle: bas-, tenorsax, compositions
Special guest: Adrien Sezouba Rikura/spoken word
'NUFF SAID presents: GNAWA DE BRUXELLES FT. LUCID LUCIA
Nuff Said was born in Antwerp and has spread to Genk, Turnhout, Rotterdam and Amsterdam over the past 14 years. Every month 'Nuff Said presents a new show with new names. From comedy to hip-hop, from jazz to spoken word. The house band Lucid Lucia offers a feast of jazz, funk and groove in every edition. At the request of Darna, 'Nuff Said brings together Gnawa De Bruxelles and Lucid Lucia for an exclusive concert in the AB.
GNAWA DE BRUXELLES (BE) is led by maalem (master) Rida Stitou. He is known for his raw vocal lines and his exhilarating playing of the hazjhoujz, the Moroccan three-string bass. Since he moved to Brussels in 1998, a Brussels gnawa scene has developed. With groups like Gnawa De Bruxelles, Brussels is said to be one of the most important Gnawa cities outside Morocco!
LUCID LUCIA (ex-BRZZVLL) is an enriching party, an ode to freedom and rhythm. Free-as-air saxes, futuristic-sounding keys, monstrous bass lines and funky drum beats intertwine to create a joyous and exhilarating celebration of jazz, funk and groove. As a regular band at the monthly 'Nuff Said evenings, the musicians have enriched their sound by performing with many national and international artists such as Anthony Joseph, Maimouna Youssef, Brother Ali, 47SOUL, Roland, Mauro, Stef Kamil Carlens, Kel Assouf, Marie Daulne, Dizzy Madjeku and Ida Nielsen.