Soha, with her album “D’ici ou D’ailleur” combines rhythms from every continents, she transports us to a world of latin beats and ballads. Her stage name “Soha” means “So What?” in Jamaican dialect. She is from the tribe Ouled Saltane, which means the children of the Sultan, from the Algerian Sahara. She grew up in the city of Marseille surrounded by Latin cultures, Cuban and Jamaican. This melting pot appears in her music style and her lyrics. Her voice takes the tone of Ella Fitzgerald to suddenly hits the rhythm of Black music and Jazz. To complete this amazing cultural diversity, she sings in Spanish, French and English. The song “Cafe Bleu” has this unbelievable mix of old lyrical song, soul and zouk.
The No Smocking Orchestra, Zabranjeno Pusenje in Serbo-croatian language, is also known as “Emir Kuturica and The No Smoking Orchestra”. The band features Emir Kusturica‘s films: in Time Of The Gypsies, Life is a Miracle as well as Arizona Dream with Iggy Pop and Underground. The lead musician-composer-singer, Goran Bregović is one of the most internationally known mordern composers of the Balkans. He composed for artists such as Iggy Pop or Cesaria Evora. The band is categorized in Gypsy techno-rock style. Their last album “Unza Unza Time” carries both music with Serbian and Romani rhythms, Pop music as well as Rock rhythms. The album is accompanied by video clips directed by Emir Kusturica himself.
In live, their energy simply put the crowd on fire, the frenetic ambiance carried is incredible. The music is appreciated by all ages.
The album can be bought on Amazon.com
This electro swing band is based in Paris. The current members of the bands are Sonia Fernadez Velasco, the lead singer who also plays the clarinet from time to time, Arnaud Vial who plays the guitar, Hugues Payen at the violin, Camille Chapellier also plays the clarinet, Charles Delaporte is the double bass player and finally Antoine Toutsou alternates between trombone and turntable.
This band started with an unusual but exciting anecdote without which there would be no band at all. The group formed in 2005 after Vial, Payen and Delaporte, the creators of the band, were hired by a film production company to provide the soundtrack for a silent porn dating from the beginning of the 20th century!! They showed their demo to friendly listeners who enthusiastically encouraged them to start a band. So they dropped their independent work and put themselves in this new project. A year after they met Loic Barrouk, manager of Café de la Dance, a gig venue in Paris, who signed them up for representations. They decided to find 3 more musicians, as they needed them for live playing, and so browsed YouTube. This is when Camille, Toutsou and Sonia entered the group.