Monday, December 11, 2017

SPAIN: Sinouj-Labu (2017)

Sinouj is an Afromediterranean band that mixes musical traditions from the Magreb and the Middle East with contemporary Jazz, Funk, and African Music . Sinouj integrates its Arabic rhythms and modes into a modern vision of Jazz and Funk with a light electronic flavor
The group's sound is marked by its unique combination of the Saxophone and the Oriental Violin backed by an afro rhythm section

Sinouj presents their new album, Labu.

Labu contains 7 original pieces composed by Pablo Hern├índez Ramos, and it is a continuation of the group’s never-ending search for new paths through the different musical traditions of the Mediterra-nean and Africa, using Jazz and other contemporary urban flavors as the bridge between them. It’s music without borders, without barriers and without prejudices. Labu captures the sound of the 21st century global city and its cultural movements.

The musicians who participated in the making of Labu come from all over the world. Starting with the special guests, we have Munir Hossn (Brazil), Kaveh Sarvarian (Iran), Miron Rafajlovic (Bosnia), and the main members of the band: Larbi Sassi (Tunisia), Akin Onasanya (Nigeria), Sergio Salvi (Italy), and finally Pablo Hernández Ramos and Javier Geras from Spain.

Sinouj’s sound is marked by its unique combination of Eastern, Mediterranean and African modes and rhythms, with exotic sonorous textures ranging from the Arabic violin, the Persian ney, to the Sakara drum from Nigeria, together with contemporary jazz harmonies and instrumentation. Touches of rock, funk and electronic music are also thrown into the mix.

Labu is a journey through musical landscapes that are both familiar and unusual, inviting us to rejoice in the rich diversity found in the band’s search as we are taken along for the ride.
released November 30, 2017