Majid Bekkas Afro-Oriental Jazz Trio
Blender of genres (jazz, blues, soul..), having shared the stage with a number of virtuoso musicians – Archie Shepp, Louis Sclavis, Joachim Kühn, Klaus Doldinge,.. the magician of musical encounters, Majid Bekkas (oud, guembri, singing) is back in a trio format and reconnects with the authenticity that made “African Gnaoua Blues” such a critical success.
Oud and guembri, tabla and bansuri, sax and clarinet; instruments that tell us the tale of musical migrants. The cover of “Guinea” by Don Cherry shows how much Africa has brought to jazz.
The track “Al Qantara” covers the golden years of the Arabs in Andalusia, whereas “Sidi Ali Ben Hamdouch” reminds us of the cultural and commercial exchanges that took place along the Silk Route.
The result of an extended collaboration, the Afro-Oriental Jazz Trio consists of Moroccan percussionist Khalid Kouhen and Belgian flautist and saxophonist Manuel Hermia. « They – like me – are influenced by India and Africa, the East and the West. A genuine complicity has developed between the three of us.”
Majid Bekkas : Guembri, oud, kalimba, vocals
Manuel Hermia : Sax, flute, bansuri, clarinet
Khalid Kouhen : Tabla, african percussions