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Artists 2017

3MA – Maroc / Mali / Madagascar

3MA is the meeting between three artists and three countries: Ballaké Sissoko (Mali),
Driss Maloumi (Morocco) and Rajery (Madagascar). Since their first album in 2008,
3MA’s musicians have thrilled audiences worldwide with Kora, Oud and Valiha. Their
shows highlight the rich traditions of which they are the symbol and convey a message
of sharing and unity. Their music is a composed of sweet harmonies, invigorating and
universal poetry. They are back with a new album, long awaited by music afficionados.

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DJ Afrotronix – Tchad / États Unis

Afrotronix is ​​a project of the famous Chadian guitarist Claeb Rimtobaye, who
collaborated with international stars like Rihanna and Chris Brown. It’s an electro music
project showcasing African music in all it’s diversity. On stage it’s a multi-disciplinary
show of original creations, live instruments, urban African dances and digital art.

Ali Asghar Rahimi – Iran

Composer, singer and master of the Tanbour (long-necked lute of Asia Minor), Director
of the Tanbour Society of Esfahan, Member of the House of Music of Iran, Ali Asghar
Rahimi is an emblematic figure of Persian music. As founder and Musical Director of the
Roohafza Ensemble, he has been studying, interpreting and teaching Persian music for
over 25 years. His mastery of Persian musical techniques and language helped him to
create a new and distinct style in mystical music. His creative approach mixes passion,
emotion, spirituality, advanced composition and performance techniques.

Armand Biyag – Cameroun

A beautiful voice, a talented musician who plays with the same passion synths, balafon
and percussion, Armand Biya gis a demanding and original artist who knew how to
surround himself with people who think music with the same energy as him.

If the general public discovered him in 2013 with the release of his first album “Mut Binam”, the artist already had a career that started well before the release of this album.
The choir, the cabarets and some very popular scenes of the place have seen and
appreciated the smile and good humor of Armand Biyag.


Aywa – Maroc / France

Aywa invites musicians to gather and dance through an explosive mix of Maghreb songs,
world music, rock and jazz.
By fusing the music of the Maghreb with Western electric sounds, this young band
delivers an surprising blend: energetic and rebellious. All this hails from Montpellier
(France) and is spiced up by the travels of the musicians.

Black Jaguar

Listening mainly to American rap, “Black Jaguar” began writing his first lyrics in 1997.
From the beginning, his desire was to transmit a message of peace and hope to young
people of his age, he stands out quickly by his thirst for writing.

Cordel – Portugal

Cordel is the name of a new Portuguese musical project that unites songwriter and
performer Márcio Silva of Porto, João Pires of Lisbon.
Traditional Portuguese melodies such as Chula, Malhao, Fado Canção, and even Popular
Marches mingle with African and Brazilian rhythms make Cordel's music. Márcio Silva

and João Pires both have other musical projects, solo and in collaboration with other

Daraa Tribes

Daraa Tribes is a collective of voices of diverse cultures, celebrating peace and tolerance as
do the tribes of Daraa. Their music is a fusion of the tribal styles of Daraa, Gnawa, Sahraoua,
Amazigh, Regaga and Lkaaba with a modern rhythm of Sahraoui blues. Daraa Tribes are
influenced by Ali Farka Toure and Tinariwen from Mali, but also the musicians of their
respective families and tribes who have shared their musical heritage through the centuries.

DJ Lag – Afrique du Sud

This is the king of Gqom Durban, a subgenre of the house. Dj Lag’s music is evocative as
well as emotional. Innovative because it’s minimalism and low-fi form, full of bassdriven
proto-house. No wonder Boiler Room and The Fader has already selected him !


DJ Lutonda – Angola

Lutonda Paulo Francisco, également connu sous le nom de DJ.Lutonda Capella, est né
dans la province de Bengo-Angola, le 22 avril, 1980.
Dès son enfance, il a montré les signes de son interet pour la musique. Il s’est trouvé son
premier travail dès son plus jeune age comme assistant életronique où il a commence à
développer son art.
Il a commencé sa carrière artistique en animant des soirées entre amis dans sa jeunesse.
C’est ainsi il a eu le l’occasion de participer à plusieurs programmes de radio et de
Il a créé sa propre maison d’édition dans laquelle il a produit des musiciens Kuduro tels
que; Tony Amado, Makina do Inferno, Pai Diesel etc., DJ de différents styles, mais
principalement caractérisés par le Kuduro.


Doctor Prats – Espagne

Doctor Prats is a Catalan band that has released two albums in just two years of
existence. They mix pop, cumbia, reggae, ska, rock, electro swing and even dubstep.
Doctor Prats was nominated for Best Musical Group in 2016, and won the Enderrock
Award for Best Pop-Rock Song in 2017.



In the UK and Europe, Live Band E3UK is the number one choice for Live Bhangra music performances. Bhangra and Bollywood artists, the band has performed in the world music industry and have accumulated billions of social media views.
The group collaborates with artists from a range of ethnic backgrounds, incorporating Bhangra, Reggae, Classical Indian, Dance / EDM, Hip Hop and Latin Vibes, performing in front of multi ethnicities and diverse communities with crowds from 500 to 20,000.

El Morabba3 – Jordanie

El Morabba3 is part of the new Arab generation that has taken the alternative rock /
post-rock universe of the past decades, and has added quarter-tone melodies and
rhythms of the Middle East to it. They created an hybrid music in touch with their
generation. As Children of Amman, they sing poetic texts about social topics on a solid
ambient rock that drives on brass and hovering keyboards …


Elida Almeida – Cap Vert

Elida Almeida is Cape Verdean. She takes her first steps in music in churches and on local
radio stations. With her playful voice, she sings a local blues, with pop accents, and supported
by the traditional rhythms of the archipelago such as funaná and batuque. She released her
first international album with Lusafrica in 2015 and has just released her second one.


Eusébia – Madagascar:

Eusebia, Malagasy artist, sings her country. Between tradition and modernity, her songs
speak of solidarity, parental blessing, festive moments, love, nostalgia …. She goes on
stage at the age of 11 and makes a solo career later in 2012. Her music is a fusion of
traditional and modern from her home country.


Faraj Suleiman – Palestine

Faraj Suleiman is a Palestinian composer and piano-player from Ramy (Upper Galilea).
His repertoire consists of original compositions with jazz accents, gently drawing on
scales and rhythms of the Middle East. His solo compositions can be heard in theatre and
films, but for live-shows he turns into a trio with bass and drums. Faraj has released 4
albums including the last “Once upon a city” earlier this year.


Farid Ghannam

Coming from a family of musicians, from a young age, Farid Ghannam learned Gnaoua
music. He became one of the very first to play with an electric “Gambri” He then joined

the Casablanca group “Gnawa Click” as a bassist and then the band “Gnawa Fusion” in
2005. In 2006, he founded “Mayara Band”. The group will then be the revelation of the
Moroccan fusion scene. In 2012, Farid Ghannam successfully cast “The Voice”, which
revealed his vocal power, and finished finalist. Since Farid embarks on a solo career, his
music is punctuated with pop, jazz, bass guitar sounds and Gambri.


Fayçal Azizi

Artist with different talents, from Tetouan, Fayçal Azizi is an actor, author, composer,
performer and radio host.
In 2014, he takes again one of the major titles of the popular Jewish Moroccan song in an
electro-pop version. Hak a Mama, a song from the mellah of the city of Sefrou and
performed by several Moroccan Jewish artists such as Botbol or Zahra El Fassia,
attracted the attention of the artist when he interpreted it as part of the mythical and
transgenerational play: “El Harraz”. From then on, Fayçal Azizi began to rework the song
in his own way, incorporating a current touch without distorting it.


Ghalia Benali & Maak – Tunisie

Ghalia Benali is a singer, writer, composer, dancer and actress born in Brussels but
raised in southern Tunisia. Mixing different types of sounds, connecting different
cultures and reviving old music, Ghalia Benali manages to live her two cultures.


Hassan Boussou & Gnawa Racines

Gnawa Racines is a musical project that explores the Gnawas origins, an encounter with
the melodies and rhythms of Africa, all tinged with the breath of the West. Hassan
Boussou brings together expert musicians with a rich musical background. Gnawa
Racines merges the sounds of Africa, Maghreb, Cuba, Jazz and Manouche.


Hisham Kharma – Egypte

Hisham Kharma is an Egyptian musician, art director and social entrepreneur. He was
born in Cairo and lived in Miami, Hamburg and Dubai. Hisham’s music is influenced by

his multicultural experiences and travels. He is passionate about electro-acoustic
instrumental music and offers a morning repertoire of classical Arabic instruments and
electro sounds, with lounge accents. In 2016, he released his third album “Al YaQeen”
and continues to tour his live shows.


Humanity Starz – Gambie

Humanity Starz is a Gambian group formed in 2004 by volunteers involved in cultural
activities with the Gambian Red Cross. Mbye Bittaye, a former musician and now the
group’s manager, brought together these young talents and made them a mythical group
under the name of Humanity Starz. Today, the group plays mainly Mbalax, but also a
new kind of music in the image of Gambia, merging the modern and the traditional, they
call it the GamAfro.


IALMA – Belgique

Ialma is four lovely cantareiras who, for almost 20 years, have been singing and playing
their region – Galicia – all over the world.
The Galician culture and traditions are their sources of inspiration, allowing them to
gradually build a repertoire of songs borrowed from their roots but adapted to their
daily lives. Ialma is the witness of this musical and artistic evolution that began in the
Galician oral tradition and has ventured adventurous to a surprising mix, with a new
generation of rhythms and trends.



Inouraz (“hope” in Amazigh) is a Moroccan group of Amazigh music that was formed in
2006, by four musicians, led by Khalid El Berkaoui.
Amazigh spiritual music where audacity never retreats from the desire to meet new
A collective that highlights traditional instruments of Moroccan music such as ribab,
loutar, guembri and tamtam, Inouraz invites also the Iranian daf, the African calabash
and Indian tabla.


JGAH – Corée du sud

JGAH is a group based in Seoul, Korea, performing Korean traditional music. In 2009, JGAH received the KBS Korean Traditional Music Award, and
made a memorable impression of their performances on stage during
major Korean events such as the Yeowoorak National Theater Festival
Korea National, Ulsan World Music Festival, International Festival of
Jeonju Soron, Incheon Pentaport Arts Festival, etc. From 2005, the group has
started to become known outside Korea all over North America,
Central America, South America, and Europe. Working with the record company
‘Akdang Eban’ which produces high quality traditional music, 5 albums have seen the
day in the last 8 years.


Jihane Bougrine

Born in Rabat and exiled in France, Jihane Bougrine is passionate about music. She took
her first steps in music in primary school and pursued her dream until becoming a
recognized artist in her country, Morocco. In 2014, she gave birth to her first album,
LooN Bladi, after a crucial encounter with Moroccan rapper Don Bigg. An album that
carries rhythms between reggae, soul and rock folk, all with a Moroccan influence solved
by the keys of fetish instruments of the soil as the bendir, the oud and derbouka.


Jouvay Fest – Trinidad & Tobago

Cette presentation musicale en un acte reprend expérience dynamique de ouvayFest
de la rue et le place dans un rendu historique sur scène. Elle retrace la naissance et le
développement de ouvert (célébration du carnaval avant aube, avant le Carême créé
par les anciens esclaves africains) ” le steelpan, le tambour en peau de betaille. Le public
entre dans le monde des mascarades uniques du ouvert, Dame Lorraine, Baby Doll,
Voleur de minuit, Jab Molassi, combattants de bâton, chanteurs, et
Danseurs qui luttent pour garder leurs racines  africaines vivantes dans un
environnement hostile. Cette  présentation interactive engage public dans la musique et
la danse call response des descendants africains qui ont utilisé leur ingéniosité et
leur endurance pour inventer le nouvel instrument de musique du 20ème siècle “Le

Jyssé – Nouvelle Calédonie:

Jyssé, aka Jean-Krist Ukeiwe is an artist from Lifou, New Caledonia. He plays Kaneka,
with traditional instruments, bamboos, wessels used by the Kanak in their cultural


Kasba Maroc / Pays-Bas

This Moroccan-Dutch group, has a 20 year history. They play energetic music, a mix of
Western and North African music, while combining trancelike grooves and engaged
lyrics. Music rooted in the rhythms and melodies of Gnawa, Rai and Reggada with a
totally modern and revisited orchestration.


Khansa Batma

A figure of Moroccan rock and the only female artist of this kind of music in Morocco,
Khansa Batma is the heir of a great family of Moroccan musicians. Self-taught with an
exceptional voice, as a teenager, she began with a repertoire of covers, then she moved
from the oriental-Moroccan music to the Western one, always with a Moroccan touch,
and finally to the radical rock.


Lo Griyo – Ile de la Réunion

Lo Griyo is a creative and musical energy coming from Reunion Island. The group was
created in 2007 by Sami Pageaux-Waro and Luc Joly. Two musicians become three when
Brice Nauroy joines them on turntables. They are full of energy remixing traditional
Maloya, Gnawa, Salegy, with a touch of soul. In their recent creations Lo Griyo has also
been impregnated with jazz and electro. The band has released two albums so far.



Initiated by Camil Kanouni, this project is animated by an aerial voice and electronic
Mamoun Iraqui Houssaini performs alongside Camil to create an exceptional
international electro pop project.

Mamoun was born in 1956 in the old city of Fez. He was impregnated very early by the
musical and traditional Moroccan culture namely Andalusian music and Malhoune. He
played in the modern orchestras of the 70s.


Aïda & Babak Quartet :

When Aïda Nosrat (violinist singer) and Babak amir Mobasher (guitarist) met, they
decided to create a new poject. These two artists, songwriters, are at the heart of this
group which is at the crossroads of flamenco, Manouche Jazz and Persian traditional
music and poetry. They’ve added a touch of Azeri music, a natural link in the traditions
of Turkey, Persia and Azerbeidjan. A new album was released in January 2017, entitled
“Manushan” (Accords Croisés).


Marema – Sénégal

At 28, Marema Fall is the new talent of Senegalese music. She was born in the suburbs of
Dakar from a Mauritanian father and a Senegalese mother. Her music mixes traditional
and contemporary rhythms. Borderless, her melodies touch African sounds as well as
blues, pop and rock. The repertoire reflects her mixed identity. In “Businesswoman”, the
rock guitar meets the Xalam, a popular string instrument from West Africa. To be
discovered urgently!


Missy Ness – France/Tunisie

Missy Ness est une artiste à la curiosité insatiable qui partage son temps entre Paris et
Tunis. Tunisienne origine, elle a grandi dans le 18ème arrondissement et a commencé
aux platines dès l’âge de 16 ans, affutant sa technique et ses sélections. Elle puise sa
sélection à travers le monde entier et bien qu’attachée aux musiques urbaines, elle
questionne sans-cesse différentes influences avec un intérêt particulier pour le Maghreb
et le Moyen-Orient où elle se rend régulièrement à la recherche de sonorités
contemporaines. Hip-Hop, Drum n Bass, BreakBeats, Electro,… Ces sets se construisent
en explorant une atmosphère plutôt qu’un style et ceux qui la connaissent s’accordent à
dire qu’elle communique son enthousiasme et son énergie avec beaucoup de talent.


Lmoutchou AKA Mobydick

From his real name Younes Taleb, Mobydick is a Rbati rapper who has made a beautiful
place in the Moroccan Hip Hop sphere. Totally unknown to the public only a few years
ago, he is now one of the most forecasted rappers on Moroccan airwaves. The turning
point of his career? His victory in the Rap / Hip Hop category at Tremplin du Festival
l’Boulevard, in 2006.


Mokoomba – Zimbabwe

Straight from Victoria Falls, these six musicians have known each other since childhood
and grew up together in Chino Timba. They combine traditional and modern
instruments bringing together different cultures of Southern Africa. They sing in tonga
language. Their songs deal with life in Zimbabwe, the AIDS epidemic and social issues
with a simple message of keeping hope alive.
Mokoomba has played in more than 40 countries around the world.


Nour Harkati & Aytma – Tunisie

A collaboration between Tunesians Nour Harkati (writer, composer, perfomer) and the
Aytma collective (a group of musicians). Coming from different musical horizons they have
the ambition of showcasing the poetry and richness of the Tunisian dialect on an uplifting
music with rock accents. The project won the JMC jury awards in 2017.


DJ Paco Pigalle – Brésil / Maroc

MESLOUHI François, né á Casablanca en mai 1964. Élevé en Espagne, puis en France, il
est producteur culturel, présentateur radio, DJ et programmateur de festival. Paco
Pigalle présente des dj sets basés sur la world music et ses divers rythmes, formule qu’il
a déjà été présenté en France, Suisse, Espagne, Bolivie, Colombie, Vietnam… et Bresil.


Taxi Kabir – Allemagne / Maroc

Taxi Kabir was born in a family of artists who are passionate about music and traditional
Moroccan instruments in Meknes. Today he lives in Europe and produces his own
electronic compositions. He creates a powerful mix based on traditional tribal songs
from Morocco, punctuated by trance rhythms from the Middle East and Africa.


Queen Koumb – Gabon

Queen Koumb est une artiste gabonaise qui a fait ses débuts à l’âge de 11 ans en
chantant auprés de sa grand-mère dans l’église du village. Sa musique révèle quelques
fois des sonorités traditionnelles que l’artiste a hérité de sa culture, mais aussi des
influences jazz, latino, reggae et même funk qui en fait résolument une des voix
modernes du Gabon.


Raina Rai – Algérie

This living legend of Raï started in Paris (1980) and their first album “Hagda” was an
instant hit. They have been pioneering new raï with a solid rock sound, led by the
virtuosity and the legendary lines of Lotfi Attar on guitar. Their last album released in
2001, perfectly entitled ” bye”, could have marked the end of their career, but Raina
Rai is back ! Lotfi is still at the controls and the fans of this uncompromising Raï could
not be happier. History revisited.


Roro Kaliko – Martinique

Originally from Lorrain, PIERRE-MICHEL Sainte-Rose alias ROROKALIKO, from a young
age, was attracted by music.
After experimenting with the guitar and the harmonica, he integrated the world of the
In order to win an orchestra competition, he did not hesitate to borrow the accordion of
his father, himself a musician in order to impress the jury. Since then, he has made the
accordion his major instrument.
His compositions of traditional inspirations did not take long to attract attention.
Currently, Roro is in full preparation of an album that will be released very soon.


Sama’ – Palestine

At the heart of the Palestinian underground community, Sama was the first DJ to import
Techno in Ramallah. She was a pianist from an early age, studied audio engineering and
music production in London before starting to mix in 2006. Since 2010 she produces her
own music. Electro, techno, house or deep house, Sama has found her own musical
universe with strong Berlin influences.


Shishani & the namibian tales – Namibie

Singer, songwriter and guitarist, Shishani combines the lesser-known traditions of her
native Namibia with Western influences such as soul and jazz. Thanks to original
harmonies and rhythms, the music of Shishani & the namibian tales is contemporary,
refreshing and refined.


Siska – France

Hopping from hip-hop to folk and soul, Siska strikes us with her exceptional and strong
voice. Invited to stages and festivals around the world since the 2000s, mostly with her
band Watcha Clan, her voice and charisma travelled from New York to Berlin, via Oran,
Budapest and Tokyo. She released her solo album in 2015 which was an immediate
media success.


ST Fusion – Japon/Espagne

Originally formed in Tokyo in 2003 as ST DÚO, Santomi Morimoto (Japan) and Tomás
L.P. Cruz (Spain), continued this artistic project in 2004 with a first album
« Occiriental ». Jazzy and very open to the world, the group has grown and has since
released five albums and toured around the world.


TootArd – Palestine

TootArd is a “mountain rock-reggae” band. Originally from the occupied Syrian Golan
Heights, the melodies and rhythms of the Sahara desert are deeply rooted within them.
But they flavour them the Afro-Caribbean way with reggae or zouk, all wrapped up in a
festive party-format and singing very committed texts. They released their first
international album “Laissez-passer” at Glitterbeat, early October 2017


Italia Migrante – Italie

The name Italia Migrante reminds us of the exchanges and influences between cultures
that emerge from migration creating modern and multi-ethnic sounds. The group plays
traditional Italian music enriched by the rest of the world. The lyrics of their songs shed
light on love, passion, hope and the quest for a better future.


The Wanton Bishops – Liban

The Wanton Bishops is the idea of ​​Nader Mansour and performed by a family of
musician friends. Nader was born in cosmopolitan Beirut (Lebanon), and his music is a
rare blend of psychedelic Rock, traditional oriental music and electro. After opening for
Lana Del Rey, The Who, Guns N ‘Roses and a European tour of major festivals (Nova
Rock, Glastonbury, Solidays, Reeperbahn, Printemps de Bourges, Szyget …), they are
preparing a new album for 2018.


Yüma  – Tunisie

The Tunisian duo ÿuma (Sabrine Jenhani and Ramy Zoghlemi) is part of the new wave of
Tunisian alternative music. The group started their career with original mash-ups of
oriental and western songs. Today, they mix Mediterranean musical expressions with

ancient Eastern mystical sounds, acoustic folk-soul, desert blues, and neo-Arabic
alternative music.


Kardes Turkuler – Turquie

Kardes Turkuler was originally a Turkish student project (1993), but is now a renowned
band that highlights and modernizes traditional and popular music of Anatolia. The
musicians come from different cultures in Turkey and sing in several languages
(Kurdish, Turkish, Armenian, Azeri). For more than 25 years, this legendary band has

accumulated records, world tours and awards, and is now considered a cult group in


Sekou Kouyate – Guinée

Sekou Kouyate was born in Conakry in a Griot family with more than 70 generations of
Kora players. He began his career at the age of eleven, soon developing his own style of
music with Ba Cissoko, playing the electric Kora and revolutionizing the sound of this
traditional instrument. His music is a blend of contemporary blues, soul, funk and jazz.


DJ Kali G

Khalil Belamallem, more widely known as Kali.G, is flourishing as one of Morocco’s fastest rising star DJs.
Born in Rabat, Morocco. His career started 16 years ago in Catedral Club Sevilla where he found himself with some of the worlds finest DJs: Michel Cleis, Chus, Behrouz, Satoshie Tomie, David Penn etc…
Their influence helped him build his own style; which can’t be defined easily: Spiritual waves incorporating unique Grooves and deep bass lines to Moroccan folklore samples and ethnic sounds.

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