Wed 07.11. 201820:00 - 23:00BALZAAL
The 80s releases ‘Mots D’Amour’ and ‘Ahmed Fakroun’ from the eponymous Libyan singer have recently been reissued and can be found in all good record stores. Our neighbours at Music Mania justly declared that they are among the best reissues of the year. And what gems they are, glittering with retro-futuristic pop that combines traditional Arabic melodies with European synthpop and art rock. Fakroun has many illustrious fans, including none other than David Byrne.
In the Maghreb, Fakroun is an out-and-out superstar. Born in 1953 in Benghazi, he was obsessed with music from an early age. He taught himself to play the saz, guitar, bass, drums and keyboard. In the mid-70s his songs ‘Awedny’ and ‘Noyoum Al Layl’ were huge hits in the Arabic world and he garnered fame as one of the leading innovators in Arabic music. After the US bombardment of Libya in 1986 and the subsequent international sanctions, Fakroun would start to spend more and more time in Paris. There he would go on to write ‘Soleil Soleil’, which was released on the French label Bain Douche, eventually rising through the European charts.
Fakroun disappeared from the international stage in the 90s, but over the past ten years DJs and so-called ‘cratediggers’ have started to rediscover his groundbreaking music. This got Fakroun’s attention and he decided to reissue his two most iconic records and hit the road once again. Last year at the fantastic Le Guess Who festival he set the audience ablaze with his brand-new band, performing hits like ‘Gelty’ and ‘Love Words’. His show at Vooruit will be his only performance on Belgian soil – not to be missed!
‘Fakroun’s clear mastery of applying the flourishes of Western disco and pop to the traditional rai folk music of the Arabic region is apparent here on some of his earliest recordings. Delightful stuff.’ - Juno
Art Feynman, a solo project from Luke Temple, will open the evening in style. You might know Temple from the krautrock-inspired group Here We Go Magic. As Art Feynman, Temple makes irresistibly catchy, dubby krautpop with a sunny, lo-fi afrobeat.
Blast Off Through The Wicker is a really terrific little record.' - The Quietus
20:30 Art Feynman
21:30 Ahmed Fakroun
23:00 Free afterparty at Vooruit Café
23:00-02:00 Nico Juice & The Michael (dj-set)
€14 (vvk) / 17 (add)
Free entrance for members of Subbacultcha Belgium.