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Magic Spirit Quartet

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Majid Bekkas has his roots in North African music and a long experience in jazz, which makes him a unique musician who masters both traditional music and modern improvisation. He shared the stage with Joachim Kühn, Pharaoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Klaus Doldinger, Bassekou Kouyate and many others.

Goran Kajfeš draws his music in very different genres, weaves his sounds from Africa and the Middle East with futuristic jazz impulses marked by classical minimalism. His double album X / Y had been proclaimed as the best jazz album of 2012 by The Independent (UK).

Jesper Nordenström, the keyboard genius, has long been a member of Goran Kajfeš Subtropic Arkestra and played with all the actors of the Swedish music scene.

Drummer Stefan Pasborg is one of Denmark's most brilliant jazz musicians. He had great success with projects such as Ibrahim Electric, Firebirds and his duet with African kora player Dawda Jobarteh. 

Majid Bekkas – Guembri, Oud, Vocal
Goran Kajfeš – Trumpet
Jesper Nordenström – Keyboard
Stefan Pasborg – Drums

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  Saïd Chalaban

Chalaban was founded in Budapest  (Hungary) by the Moroccan musician Saïd Tichiti in 1999.

The band is very dynamic in the african jazz/world music scene in Central and Eastern Europe. It is testing a very original opening of Moroccan music to the music traditions of Central Europe, Balkan and gypsy styles.

The group's leader, Said Tichiti is originally from the city of Guelmim in the south of Morocco. He finished his High studies on the Drama Institute of Rabat. He chose at the beginning of his musical adventure to work on musical styles of his paternal and maternal origins: Gnawa, Ganga, Hassani, and Guedra. This work goes beyond folk vision to create a merger between instruments and melodies of south and north, east and west. The result is that each Chalaban concert / album is full of desert and spirituality caressed by melancholic melodies of Central Europe ending with an air of trance.

During its twenty years of existence, the band released 6 albums: Moroccan Nomad, Moroccan Spring, Al Baraka, Nejdeb, Hashish Free and Gleimim. 

This adventure was crowned by a one month-long successful North American tour, performing in the major cities from New York and Los Angeles, through Chicago, Montreal and San Francisco to New Orleans.

In 2022, a new chapter has opened in Saïd's musical life: under a new name, Saïd Chalaban, with a new sound and new collaborators, he continues on the path he began more than two decades ago.

Travel Party: 5

Vocals, Guembri, Oud, Percussion / Guitar / Keyboard / Bass Guitar / Drums

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