This tuesday evening Rebel Up & Les Ateliers Claus present: Etran de l’Aïr!
The name Etran de L’Aïr translates to “the Stars of the Aïr,” the mountainous region of Northern Niger. They are based in the town of Agadez, an urban center renowned for the electric guitar and the western named “desert blues” music. In the Sahara, this electric guitar genre is intertwined with social function. It’s a lucrative commerce, and gigging bands make their living in weddings, baptisms, and political events. Etran de L’Aïr is one of Agadez’s longest playing groups on the circuit since 1995. Yet they are also a band that has remained on the fringes, stars of the Agadez working class.
Etran de L’Aïr play a style that captures the contemporary sound of Agadez, incorporating vastly different musics into their repertoire. While Tuareg guitar follows a predictable format, Etran breaks convention and throws a third guitar into the mix. The two lead guitars solo on top of one another, in constant dialogue, with a crashing response from the drum. There is a bubbly underwater warble that emerges from reverb and crackly amps. It’s electric party music, surf rock, from a place that is all beach. They differentiate themselves from the other wedding bands: “We play our own folklore, not like the other artists in Agadez. Our music is based around traditional Takamba…and we listen to a lot of Malian music. Not Tinariwen, but musicians like Ali Farka Touré and Oumou Sangaré.” Etran de L’Aïr is not just a musical group, but a family collective.
psssst, this thursday a last minute concert to announce of international desert rock group TisDass from Niger. read all below….
This thursday 21.10, Rebel Up & NGHEMediatheque organise a special concert at Zonneklopper social community venue.
with TisDass, band from Niger led by songwriter Kildjate Moussa Albadé. Assouf tamashek songs in desert blues and rock style, singing about peace, unity and the power of music. Listen to their new album ‘Amanar’ , released in september. Other members of the band include Mohamed Assaleh (guitar), Souleymane Bouba Hamidine (bass) and Ichaya Issoufou Dan Nana (drums).
Warmup concert by Chien Fer. Banjo punky vibes.
+ Food (Sahara style, free price / prix libre) + NGHE & Rebel Up vinyl sounds support.
On tuesday 11.12 at Acienne Belgique > concert of Les Filles de Illighadad (NG) and Delgres (FR). with support by the Rebel Up Nightshop dj’s.
duo concert of amazing deep female tuareg blues and a Caribbean powerrock trio!
This evening has now become a real global blues-rock event, a double-bill with as opener Les Filles de Illighadad. They have been popular in AB since a previous edition of BRDCST. At the time, we read: ‘Fresh Tuareg energy between trance an tradition’ (Gonzo Circus).
Delgres is a super agile and impelling blues-trio from Guadeloupe in the Caribbean. Expect Dobro guitar, plus drums and a sousaphone!
On monday afternoon, we are giving away a duo-ticket to 1 lucky person. Check our Rebel Up facebook page to see how to win it.