New electronic aesthetics in Maghreb and the Middle East

Friday 16/11 — 18:00

A conversation between ZULI (eg), Gan Gah (ma), Soumaya Phéline (be) and DJ Dziri (tn), moderated by Seb Bassleer (Rebel Up)

ZULI (eg): Ahmed El Ghazoly aka ZULI, is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and sound artist from Cairo, Egypt. He is co-founder of Kairo is Koming (KIK), a collective of six artists that played an important role in the rise of the city’s underground electronic music scene. Together with Asem Tag ($$$TAG$$$), ZULI also co-headed Cairo’s alternative music venue and club, VENT, from 2013-2015, before transforming their project into a namesake club night and festival.

Gan Gah (ma): Fed by traditional « Gnawa » and Berber rythms ever since he was born in the suburbs of Agadir, young DJ and producer Gan Gah is now based in Brussels. This accomplished musician, who has been performing for many years as a beatmaker under various pseudonyms, knows how to shake a dancefloor with his bewitching beats. Offering a cunning combination of club music and traditional North-African music/rythms/melodies, his work is a declaration of love to his Moroccan roots and to modern electronic music which caused a lot of noise on worldwide dancefloors.

Soumaya Phéline (be): Soumaya Phéline a.k.a. Soumaya DanceMachine has been bringing a breath of fresh air to Belgium since 2006. Performing all over Europe for major music, fashion and art events in clubs, she’s always on the edge, combining feminity and a keen sense of groove and energy. Known for her unique style and fancy footwork ranging from House to Techno, she handles a dance floor like no one else, with warm basslines and mesmerizing melodies until the early dawn. Phéline is the founder of High Needs Low, Holy Something, Cry Me A Sea parties in Brussels.

DJ Dziri (tn): DJ Dziri’s music pushes boundaries of traditional electronic music by combining the deeper side of minimal techno and acid house with mesmerizing Middle Eastern & North African sounds. She’s a Belgo-Tunisian self taught DJ and producer and runs her party series called “Souk Sessions”, the first arab techno party of its kind.