Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda © Aurore Vinot
Wed, 1 May 2019 19:30
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Blues der Großstadt / Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda

With shimmering beats, guitar and saxophone sounds, and all manner of keyboard psychedelia, the Mazalda Sextet from Lyon conjures up a jungle of sound around the great voice of the mysterious and radiant Sofiane Saïdi, who is known as the »Prince of Raï 2.0«.

»Two souls, alas, are housed within my breast.« A number of contemporary musicians who live in the liminal world between (at least) two cultures might well second this famous exclamation from Goethe’s »Faust«. On the one hand they make music in the traditional styles of their musical forebears – be that raï, which is often called the »blues of Algeria«; the melancholic Finnish tango; the wistful rembetiko sung by the Greeks expelled from Asia Minor; or the klezmer, which remembers the lost world of the Jewish schtetl.

On the other hand, however, these musicians also live in the present, in modern cities such as London, Paris and Berlin, where they soak up new influences and integrate them into the old genres. In the process they create a new blues of the big city – with one foot in the present and the other in the past.


Sofiane Saidi vocals


Stéphane Cézard saz
Julien Lesuisse saxophone
Adrien Spirli bass
Lucas Spirli keyboard
Moncef Hakim Besseghir percussion
Yann Lemeunier drums