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Creative research laboratory - Lyon
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Laboratoire international
de création artistique – Lyon

Archives - Saison 2014 - 2015

Mazalda & Cheb Lakhdar

’10s Orion RaÏ

Saturday 28 March 2015



Mazalda is a group of seven musicians from Lyon who love all kinds of music. Since they first set foot on stage 13 years ago they have played at the biggest music festivals in France and abroad. To really heat up the dance floor at this concert, they’ll blend their exotic trance with incredible Raï singer Cheb Lakhdar’s fiery voice. It’ll be a night for dancing, between traditional and psychedelic music, between crazy freedom, blasting sono, and tradition.


Song raï : Cheb Lakhdar
Trumpet : Gilles Poizat
Flute, saxosynthé-EWI, singing : Julien Lesuisse
Guitar, bouzouki : Stéphane Cézard
Oriental keyboard : Lucas Spirli
Bass synthesizer : Adrien Spirli
Derbouka : Mohammed Ben Amar
Battery : Yann Lemeunier
Sound : Adrian’ Bourget

Production : Mazalda

Soutiens : Ferme du Buisson (Marne-la-Vallée), Château-Rouge (Annemasse), la Presqu’île-SMAC07, le Centre Culturel Charlie Chaplin (Vaulx-en-Velin), le Projet Bizarre (Vénissieux) et le Centre des Musiques Traditionnelles Rhône-Alpes, et aidé par la DRAC Rhône-Alpes, la Région Rhône-Alpes, le Conseil Général de l’Isère et la Spedidam.


Mazalda was formed in 2002 to play acoustic dance music from various countries. A first eponymous album was recorded in 2005. In 2007, Mazalda developed an amplified version for the stage and its repertoire took on psychedelic tones, looking toward popular foreign music. Science-Fiction, Mazalda’s second album, was released in 2008. In 2010, inspired by the public-address systems used in India, the group designed Turbo Clap Station, a multimedia psychedelic concert. This music appears in Turbo Clap (2011) and Dauphin (2012). In concert, this repertoire is also played on a standard sound system under the name Turbo Clap Club, and acoustically, in the streets, under the name Turbo Clap Fanfare.


Cheb Lakhdar was born a little more than fifty years ago near Oran, the epicenter of Raï. A singer, accordionist and keyboard player, he has spent his life singing Raï in clubs, hotels, nightclubs, marriages and festivals in Oran, Lyon, Marseille, Paris, and beyond. His repertoire comprises Oranese Raï from the 1980s and ‘90s, the music of Khaled and Hasni, and his own songs: music based on traditional melodies and rhythms where songs are repeated for a long time, chanted poetry of love, misfortune, and the complicated yet passionate life of young Oranese in the late 20th century (close to Neapolitan “malavita” songs). This music also borrows heavily from American funk and disco from the 1970s and ‘80s, which he bends at will to his own rhythms and melodies.




Dates & horaires

Sat 28 March 2015 / 22:30