ELIASSE - Amani Way (CD)

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Eliasse - Amani Way - CD

Official release in september 20th!


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Blues rock from Comoros
Comoros are a testimony of the strong cultural identity insularity can
create. They intertwine, in that archipelago on the spices route marred by
slavery, languages, cultures, rites and musics. These 4 islands have been
shaped by various influences: arabic, persian, african, french, indonesian
thus representing a true conservatory of cultural interbreeding. Despite all
this, itʼs a necessity to be on the world pulse, which is not easy, and in the
Babel of sono create oneʼs own story.
This is the way chosen by Eliasse, through his experience gained at first
with his folk band, then with that of the singer Maalesh, from palship or
collaborations (as a percussionist or a chorus singer) with Baco,
Mikidache, M’Toro Chamou, Nawal, until he took his flight with a first
album “Marahaba“ in 2008.
So, when you listen to him, faithful to his natural curiosity, you get the
impression that he has been nurtured by a puzzle of imaginary musics.
Heritages that have been enriched by soufi rites, lineage songs, secular
celebrations, traditional musics and dances, feelings, satires, legends and
myths. As well, is he able, from the web of local ternary rythms (twaraba,
mgodro, shigoma, sérebwalolo...), to graft cuttings with occidental binary
rythms (blues, funk, rock). Or like his meandering through native dialects
seasoned with french, English, Malagasy and Swahili. A wide range of
approaches combined with a musical repertoire mixing poetical metaphors
and opinions makes the Moroni born singer someone unique enough, we
would say committed to the city, but who prefers to consider himself simply
as “conscious”. A singer bringing fresh air and downright innovation
around Indian Ocean but still showing a deep commitment in the musical
story of the pioneers of the 70th when the moon islands were standing
out for emancipation.
As proof this album, collection of hit songs. A repertoire he conducts with
his guitar and his merlin (kind of dulcimer) and two accomplices: Jérémy
Ortal on the bass (Shaolin Temple Defenders, Martha High) and Fred
Girard on drums (Sleeppers, Bertrand Cantat, Afrobeat Crusaders). He
raises the subject, from different angles, of the archipelago difficult
situation, its endemic troubles and drama such as the drowning of the
applicants to kwassas, those dilapidated boats boarded by immigrants.
Thatʼs the way his “TwaraBlues“ rises up against the fate of paid culprit,
wishing everybody to put its own house in order and hoping for a better
future for all. Like the song “Endra” telling of a woman who bore many
children but still doesn’t know what love is and hopes that the next man
will be the good one. A song, in fine, directly related to Comoros. Or yet
this independence flower “Ylang-Langue” wilted before flowering.
Now Eliasse is going to share this new repertoire on European stages. For
those who didnʼt see him recently opening for Groundation, mythical
reggae band, it is an opportunity to discover an artist sunny and altruistic,
whose benevolence and humor are the reflection of these islands adorned
by dreams and tales.
Text by Frank Tenaille, translated by M.F.Heymans