is an actual french-algerian music-project in
the tense of algerian folklore and riddims inna dub-reggae style. December 2006 their first
longplay-production "saharian vibes" sees the light.
Dub-o-rama: In Marseille you joined
band started in 1997, we made lots of gigs and we were popular in France
at this time. There was a lot of good moments: making the auto-produced
recording for the CD, a good live gig in Italia in front of 5000 people,
and a little tour in Guinea in the Konakry area. We released one CD in
2002: "Superpanoramas" (Patate Records) and we also appeared on
lots of compilations. When I decided to move away in 2004, the band did
Dub-o-rama: You´ve changed your
musical development from being a guitarist in a band into starting a solo
career as DJ, programmer, keyboarder and composer. A radical cut!
That's the point! After leaving the band, I wanted to make music of my
own. I bought first a MPC60, after that a computer and I started to
produce my very own sound. I however still play guitar (in ElectroDunes
recordings and live gigs, and in my other productions as well). I
sometimes play guitar for other artists too (TOKO BLAZE).
Dub-o-rama: How and in which way was
your last band important for your music now?
Dub-o-rama: Is your story "black"? (following a tunes name of Barbes.D called "black is my story", a dubby thing)
skin is white, but I live since many years in a lot of cultures and like
to mix them. "Black is my story" is a sentence from RAS RUDY
GAD, a Jamaican singer from JAH OBSERVER SOUND SYSTEM (playing in UK since
1973) who likes my sound. By the way, he played some of my riddims at the
Notting Hill Carnival this year.
2004, an association from Marseille, Nuits Métis, contacted me to meet a
traditional band from Beni Abbes (Algerian Sahara). I went there at the
first time with my guitar for rehearsal, and after that the algerian
singers came over to France and we made the first gigs together. I
returned to the sahara in 2005 for one month and half to work music and we
played live in a festival there. In october the band came to his final
configuration: three singers: HAFID & HOUARI DOULI, SAID TOUATI and
myself. Now ElectroDunes is a project supported by a cultural association for
creating meetings between north and south.
Barbes.D: I did it all by myself but the
singers decide wether they like it or not! That´s why there is not too much steppa in dis yah record.
they appreciate the project because it's a way for them to play their
music out of their country. They usually play this traditional music in
local events: weddings, burials etc... so it makes a little change for
them. About the dub-reggae music, it was a discovery for them, since they
just knew a few artists like BOB MARLEY, ALPHA BLONDY... before I made
them hear more modern reggae sounds (like JAH WARRIOR, ALPHA & OMEGA,
LEE PERRY and many others).
Dub-o-rama: Are the lyrics traditionals
or written by the singers?
Barbes.D: "Zine Lamama" is a
traditional. The others are written by themselves with their cultural
like to work more for making a bigger repertoire. It's not so easy because
they still live in Algeria and it's difficult for them to obtain visas. We
hope to make a tour in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, and why not in Germany,
too, a country I'd long like to discover.
Dub-o-rama: Where is "saharian
vibes" of ELECTRODUNES available?
Barbes.D: "Saharian vibes" gets now
released as the very first production on the new Label Metis (distributed
by Mosaic Music and available in shops of Fnac,Virgin France) starting Dec 3rd. For people outside France it is
available on Label Metis [switch on the link left side] directly
at Mosaic Music Distribution via IT. In Algeria we will release it in
edited by Belda Diffusion (Alger).
Dub-o-rama: Do you plan other projects
beside this release?
prepare a 10" on Belleville International for Patate Records, that will
feature RAS RUDY GAD & MO' KALAMITY on my "never say never"
riddim and a version with another dub on the flip side. The release is
planned for January 2007. This riddim will also appear with a toast of
TOKO BLAZE called "Le Monde Englouti" on his CD "Ruff
Tuff", that'll be availabe on AfricaRecords for the October 12th. For
the future I like to prepare a live dub set with my personal produces.
Dub-o-rama: Thank you for the interview,
David! Blessings for your musical future!
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