Tag Archives: Rachid Taha

Exclusive interview: Lo’Jo = French Yin/Yan

Date: June 18, 2010
Location: The Carlton Arms Hotel

Interviewed by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi & Jim Hoey

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Rachid Taha led the crowd at the Highline Ballroom (NY) in a timely chant of ” Fuck BP”!!!

Date: June 13, 2010
Venue: Highline Ballroom (NY)

Text by Sohrab Saadt Ladjevardi and Jim Hoey

Rachid Taha rolls his rrrrrrr’s, and lets his husky sound build song after song, crescendoing to climax, and the effect of him and his band recently at the Highline Ballroom show was one of exultation, celebration, rebelliousness, and ultimately, exchange. He’s an Algerian from a small village in North Africa, but was raised in his adolescence in France under discriminatory conditions, influenced by Arabic traditions and the best of Western music like Zeppelin and the Clash that floated in and out of Paris in the early ’80’s, when he was trudging away in a factory and first forming his own band and running a nightclub called “Les Refoules” (The Rejects).


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Music listings – 6/7 through 6/13

1. TARANGA + Kevin Mambo from FELA!

Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Time: 9:00pm
Venue: Nublu (62 Ave C, btw 4th St. and 5th St.)
Ticket: $10
Genre: World/Senegal/Mbalax/Afrobeat

TARANGA, NYC’s new M’Balax Band will be sharing the Stage with Kevin Mambo and his group BLAZ and the 88 SOUND. For those of you who don’t know already, Kevin plays Fela Anikulapo Kuti in the critically acclaimed Broadway show FELA! BLAZ and the 88 SOUND goes on at 10pm, TARANGA will be at 11pm.

Taranga is:
Backa Niang (lead vocals, sabar percussions)
Mahanta Faye (Drumset)
Arone N’diaye (Marimba Keyboards)
Raja Kassis (lead Guitar)
Mor Coumba Gueye (Sabar percussions/Animation)

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