Preview: Acid Arab @ Jazz Café (London; Friday 22nd March 2019)

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To the eyes and ears of some, the most interesting acts tend to be the ones who have a sound that is not only at complete odds with their image or culture of origin but also still manages to be authentic.

When two French DJs met at a festival in Tunisia, they bonded over their love of Arabic music, finding an emotional connection beyond the language barrier. Expanding their knowledge of music from North Africa and the Middle East, they wanted to combine these influences with techno and acid house to create a new perspective on the dancefloor.

Together, the pair – Guido Minisky and Hervé Carvalho – formed Acid Arab in 2012, and as their discography has grown from initial EPs to releasing their debut album in 2016, their gigs have quickly become one of the most sought-after events in whichever town or city they visit across the world.

Most likely, audiences are drawn to the marriage of two worlds that seems so effortless and respectful of the music’s origins, having collaborated with Eastern instrumentalists and vocalists instead of offering clichéd, appropriated imitations for quick profit.

Following on from their sell-out set in December 2018 at Brixton’s Phonox, Acid Arab return to Camden in London at the renowned Jazz Café. This is a show you definitely don’t want to miss.

 

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