21 May 2017
Electronic music with Arabic flair from Speed Caravan was performed on The Spirit of Tengri
The multinational Afro-rock band Speed Caravan, which involves musicians from Algeria and France, has presented modern Arabic music at the contemporary ethnic music festival The Spirit of Tengri, Tengrinews.kz reports. The festival is held in the open-air format in the Abay square in front of the Republic Palace. The project was established by the national radio station Tengri FM.
Speed Caravan frontman Mehdi Haddab is an artful player in the Arab lute. He is known for his innovative music projects, combining electronics and rock music. In the band’s richly arranged music you could hear references to The Cure and The Chemical Brothers, and all this is flavored with Arabic flair.
The unique band performed nine songs on the stage of The Spirit of Tengri. Different in rhythm, but united with modern sound and solo bridges on the Arab lute, Speed Caravan's songs had an enthusiastic response from the audience.
"It's just crazy, crazy energy for the festival and people! For me it's a completely new experience, for the first time in Kazakhstan, and it's just amazing! Thanks to this festival I felt the vibe of your people's culture." I realized that Kazakhstanis are very proud of their musicians, poets, and they love their culture, it is highly possible that something new will be born from this, and we will work together and create. "Tomorrow we are going to see the mountains of Almaty, and I'm looking forward to feeling the spirit of Tengri," - Speed Caravan frontman Mehdi Haddab shared his impressions of the performance.
Note that the Speed Caravan is Haddab’s third project. As a musician, he strives for traditional musical instruments to be heard modern in the XXI century. The musician sees himself as a man of two cultures, hence his eclectic projects. He likes both electronic sounds and ancient traditions. He admitted that the trip to Kazakhstan is of great interest, since he travels to a country where the first place in the musical culture is assigned to stringed instruments.
Next masters of throat singing Tuvan group "Huun-Huur-Tu" appeared and two Grammy awards winner DJ Carmen Rizzo from the USA got up to the stage. The signature sounding of "Huun-Huur-Tu" is known in many countries around the world. In Kazakhstan, the multinational band have come to the festival of contemporary ethnic music The Spirit of Tengri for the second time.
The musicians performed traditional Tuvan songs, which produces a transcendental effect on the listener. The constant attribute of music "Huun-Huur-Tu" - Tuvan throat singing, when the performer simultaneously produces several notes, turning his party into a multi-voiced solo. Let's note that for the 25-year career the band has made joint records and performed with such outstanding musicians as Stevie Wonder, Frank Zappa, Mickey Heart and Bob Weir (Greatful Dead), Shankar, Kronos Quartet and many others.
The Spirit of Tengri is a multicultural project aimed at demonstrating the ethnic traditions of the countries around the world on the Kazakh land. The project was stablished by the national radio station Tengri FM. Over the past four years, ethno-collectives and performers from more than 30 countries and regions of the world have taken part in the Festival.
This year in the square in front of the Republic Palace the following artists have performed: Oki Dub Ainu Band (Japan), DJ Carmen Rizzo (USA), Huun Huur Tu (Tuva), Sekou Kouyate (Guinea), Folk Project Katya Yamshchikova (Bashkortostan), Speed Caravan (France / Algeria), Robert Yuldashev & Kuraisy (Bashkortostan), Robert Yuldashev and Kuraisy (Bashkortostan), Shono (Buryatia), Dudu Tassa & The Kuwaitis (Israel), Marga Muzika (Lithuania), Project Almaty Drums (Kazakhstan) , "Tigrahaud" (Kazakhstan), "Aldaspan" (Kazakhstan), DJ Nariman Issenov, Arsen Superfly, Rustam Ospanoff, Roman Bazhanov (Kazakhstan).
General partner of the festival is Kaspi.kz. The event was held with the support of the Akimat of Almaty. Technical support was provided by KZ Sound. The admission was free.