at the Wild Cabaret, the soft echoes of El Besta – Libération

at the Wild Cabaret, the soft echoes of El Besta – Libération
at the Wild Cabaret, the soft echoes of El Besta – Libération

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The Algerian quartet from Mostaganem, which performed in Paris on Wednesday, successfully plays covers from the 80s. An approach imbued with authenticity and nostalgia, carried by the beautiful voice of the singer, Sofiane Merabet.

A small pavilion in a long street hidden behind the Noisy-le-Sec station (Seine-Saint-Denis). Noise on the sidewalk. Accordion noises. Bass too. A festive Tuesday evening? Knock knock: the door opens. In a room, to the left of the entrance, four guys are playing music. The walls are not really soundproof. They settle “details” taking a serious look. El Besta rehearses one last night. The Algerian raï group climbs on stage the next day, Wednesday May 8. A first time in Paris. A complete wild Cabaret. They cross borders after local success. Pressure. Each head has its role. Sofiane Merabet is the singer of the group. He does what he wants with his voice. Sweet and melancholy. Scratchy and powerful. Kiss Laredj is on the accordion. Abdelhadi Benahmed to the original Guellal (the darbouka). Billal Chenni, who joined the group temporarily, is on bass.

El Besta sings the original raï. They bring back sounds from the past. Those of the deans like Boutaïba Sghir and Ahmed Zergui but especially Cheb Khaled, notably his pieces from the last century which made him known in the cabarets of the Oran Corniche have

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