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Tremplin : Une histoire d’amour entre JadaL et leur public marocain

Le Dimanche 13 Septembre, le groupe jordanien JadaL s’est produit sur la scène du Tremplin aux anciens abattoirs de Casablanca et a fait danser la foule avec ses rythmes acidulés. 

Casablanca, les anciens abattoirs :

Il est 20h, nous sommes le Dimanche 13 Septembre, JadaL viennent de monter sur scène. Leurs fans sont partout, excités, ne tenant plus en place. JadaL se présentent et nous expriment combien ils sont heureux de se retrouver une deuxième fois devant leur public Casablancais.

Ils commencent le concert avec leur chanson Yum El Jum’a Dayman Ashwab et la foule est en délire. Les fans crient, sifflent, dansent, chantent en chœur avec JadaL et l’ambiance est magique, à couper le souffle. Ils ont poursuivi le concert avec leurs plus grand hits, tel leur reprise de la fameuse chanson de Abdelhalim Hafez Touba, ou encore Ghabeh B’eed, El Makina, Bye Bye Azizi, Ana Bakhaf Min El Commitment et I’m in love with wala bint.

Une heure après, JadaL remercient leur public pour sa présence enflammée et nous expliquent que pour venir au Maroc, ils avaient dû lutté pendant une semaine avec les autorités pour obtenir leurs visas, mais qu’il étaient tout de même heureux d’être de retour au pays après leur premier concert au Boultek à Casablanca Avril dernier.

Ils quittèrent la scène sous les applaudissement d’une foule encore émue par leur musique qui, bien sûr, espère les revoir au Maroc une troisième fois.



5 reasons to listen to indie Korean Hip Hop

My last article was a list. This one too is a list. I think I’m starting to develop an MO (yes, like a serial killer. I’m a serial writer. God, my puns can be awful.)

All those who know me will tell you:  I have always been obsessed with Asian culture. Probably because I’ve been watching anime since I was a child (or just because I’m into really weird shit. I mean, have you ever seen a Japanese commercial? I think they’re being made by LSD users, that’s the only logical explanation), but Japanese and Korean culture were a huge influence in my life (yeah, that’s why I’m such a hard worker. HA HA HA!). One of my favourite music styles is Korean Hip Hop. Yes, I already hear your offended snorts. Like one of my friends told me (in a rather racist manner, but let’s forget about that, shall we?): “How can an Asian rap?”  Well, let me tell you something (and please don’t lynch me, I still want to live): Rap, Hip Hop and RN’B aren’t just for Afro-Americans, and I have here examples of Korean artists who will blow you effin’ mind away!

1. MFBTY with Bang Diggy Bang Bang

This project is a collaboration between legendary Korean rapper Tiger JK, his wife, the Korean-American singer and rapper Tasha (also known as Yoonmirae) and the young Korean talent Bizzy. Their music is funky, fun and most of all, unique. I invite you to check out my personal favourite song, Bang Diggy Bang Bang (I know, the name sounds weird, but it’s worth it!!)

2. Beenzino with Dali Van Picasso

Beenzino is the first independent Korean rapper I’ve listened to. I have immediately fallen in love with his music. Even though he’s still considered a rookie in the Korean Hip Hop scene, he gained recognition quickly and collaborated with some of the biggest names of Korean Rap.

3. Verbal Jint with Doin’ it

Verbal Jint debuted in 2001 and became famous for his groundbreaking innovations in the Korean Hip Hop scene. He was the first artist to introduce rhyme schemes in Korean rap. What is more astonishing is that he was also able to achieve mainstream success and become as well known as Kpop idols.

4. Primary with Meet

Not only a musician, but also one of the most influential music producers in Korea, Primary, known for his cardboard box mask with a bird beak and his batshit crazy talent, has collaborated with many Korean talents. Check out his song Meet, featuring Zion T., one of my personal favorite Korean RN’B singers.

5. The Quiett with Livin’ In The Dream

Producer ,rapper and co-CEO of the independent Illionaire Records, The Quiett has become famous thank to his unique rapping flow and his collaboration with Korea’s biggest names such as Jay Park and Tiger JK.

Indie Music: The Blurred Lines Genre.

Most of us music lovers have listened to Indie music and haven’t even realized it. The genre is so broad and its lines are so blurry that we can put The Beatles and Iron & Wine under the same roof. (I know, that’s almost unacceptable, for BOTH parties.) By its own definition, the genre is basically unboundable. There is just no way one can know for sure what to look for when it comes to this relatively new genre. Continue reading “Indie Music: The Blurred Lines Genre.” »

The Heavy : Prepare to swoon, ladies (and gentlemen) !

Sometimes, you just want to listen to some good-ass music. You want to be a self-important prick to your friends when telling them about that new craaaaazy great band that you just discovered and that no one knows about (we all did it, don’t you even try to deny it !). Well, today, I’m giving you the chance to do it again, to blow your friends’ minds and make them worship you like the music deity you are (strghfr stghfr though).

They are young, they are hot, but most importantly, they are extremely talented. Their music makes you either swing or slow dance. The Heavy have what we, poor, talentless (okay, not that talentless), common people call “groove” and this class that is oh so special to British people. Their music is a melting-pot of styles and instruments: They easily move from Blues to Soul, Old Rock and even Funk and Hip Hop. Nothing scares them, musically, and it is a mesmerizing experience for our ears, when all we hear on our national radio is « Safi safi, matzid ta kelma safi » and other bullshit like that (No offense to this kind of music’s fans, though).

The lyrics alone are a work of art, a subtle dark poetry that describes a cursed day to day life, situations we’ve all lived, sensations we’ve all had. They don’t sing about beautiful girls, sex or money, they sing about life, authenticity, and sometimes, this is what we really need.

The Heavy are hardly known in Morocco, but after three successful albums, they made their marks in their country (The UK, home of beautiful landscapes and sexy accents. Dammit, those accents! Sorry, I’m forgetting myself; let’s go back to the music) and in the US. However, people everywhere should enjoy the masterpiece that is their art.

Without further ado, I will let you discover The Heavy with this playlist that I made all by myself (I am so proud.)

The Heavy by Houda Laabadi on Grooveshark

Underground 2014

Quelques jours seulement nous sépare de la fin de 2014, et comme chaque année, on vous propose une sélection de chansons undergrounds sorties durant cet an et qui valent le détour.

Plusieurs personnes peuvent penser que 2014 n’était pas une année musicale prolifique, mais je vous montrerai des pépites réalisées durant les 12 derniers mois qui vont vous changer d’avis.
Sur la playlist 2013, il y a avait des artistes comme Vance Joy, Milky Chance et Hozier, des artistes qui ont prouvé leur talent durant cette année. Et qui sait ? peut-être sur cette playlist, vous fera découvrir les stars de 2015.

De l’Indie Pop jouissif des Alvvays, au douces mélodies de Ty Segall, en passant par le psychédélisme mystique de The War on Drugs, le Blues/Rock à l’état pur de Radio Moscow ou même l’éléctro-Rock de Breton, cette playlist versatile vous fera découvrir des artistes émergents  qui méritent une attention particulière mais qu’on écoute rarement (ou jamais) sur nos radios.

Je vous laisse avec 15 morceaux que vous écouteriez en ce rappelant tous les souvenirs de cette année qui était pour certains, une source de joie, et pour d’autres, de malheur mais qui a été, certainement, remarquable pour nous tous.

Bonne écoute !

underground 2014 by Aymano on Grooveshark