This thursday evening, a night of Arabic soundclash, choubi choubi & electro chaabi
The Dwarfs of East Agouza أقزام شرق العجوزة
Instrumental / Improvisation-based / North African percussion loops / Shimmering keys / West African tinged free jazz guitar / Krautrock-style acoustic bass.
Hailing from the Agouza district of Cairo, Egypt, this brilliant trio consists of Alan Bishop (Acoustic Bass & Alto Sax), Maurice Louca (Keyboards & Drum Machine) and Sam Shalabi (Electric Guitar). In collaboration with Annihaya records, the Akuphone label is very proud to present “Rats Don’t Eat Synthesizers” the long-awaited second album by the Dwarfs of East Agouza.
Following their acclaimed first album “Bes “, this new long play is composed of two hypnotic journeys: “Rats Don’t Eat Synthesizers” and “Ringa Mask Koshary” which was recorded in Cairo in September of 2015. Mesmerizing electric guitar parts, frenetic beats, both supported by the deep sound of Alan’s acoustic bass create a new magical Egyptian soundscape. Vinyl version is a limited edition with a beautiful hot-foil stamped sleeve that magnifies the red metallic rats and a wonderful printed inner sleeve.
Maurice Louca (keyboards/electronics) (Lekhfa, Alif, Bikya)
Sam Shalabi (electric guitar/synth) (Land of Kush, Shalabi Effect)
Alan Bishop (guitar/saxophone/vocals) Sun City Girls, The Invisible Hands, Alvarius B., SUBLIME FREQUENCIES)
Babylon Trio (IQ)
Iraqi music, contemporary music, Arabic music, choubi choubi, experimental, electro chaabi, electro arabic. Babylon Trio is a young Iraqi trio based in Brussels, Belgium that plays electrified contemporary Iraqi music, from choubi choubi to dabke and classical styles. The three Iraqi musicians of Babylon Trio arrived in Belgium in 2015-2016 as refugees of the war in Iraq. Arkan Mushtak hails from Baghdad, where since his childhood has has been shaped into a gifted keyboard/piano player by Iraqi master composer Noor Sabah. He is accompanied by fellow Baghdad musicians Saif Al-Qaissy (darbouka, percussion, backing vocals) and Walaa Saad (vocals). Together they play an electrified mix of contemporary Iraqi and Arabic music styles such as chobi chobi, dabke, maqam and electronic hybrids that put the dancefloor on fire. Recently they released a limited edition cassette of their live show at Nuits Sonores Brussels festival in 2017. After the summer, the trio will release their debut album titled ‘Habibi.be’ on Rebel Up Records, with the help op cultural venue Les Ateliers Claus and Angstrom studio in Brussels. This year will mark the rise of the contemporary Iraqi sound through Belgium and beyond.
support: Rebel Up DJ’s
€8 | Tickets at door only, No pre-sale!
doors: 21h – 1am
@ OCCII, Amsterdam