Composé de 8 membres, chacun ayant été bercé par des styles musicaux différents (chaabi, andalou, rock, métal, reggae, gnawa, musique classique), Djmawi Africa fusionne naturellement les genres et les influences pour partager leur richesses issues du métissage.
Avec dynamisme et fraicheur, Djmawi Africa offre à chaque prestation une fête où chacun profite d’une ambiance des plus enivrantes. Mais le groupe, ne s’arrête pas là et défend avec ardeur ses origines africaines à travers leur travail de création musicale.
Avec plus 13 ans de carrière le groupe a parcourt le monde (La France, L’Italie , La Croatie, l’Inde, L’Egypte, Le Canada, Le Bresil, Le burkina fasso, Le Mali, Le Soudan…) sur de belles scènes telles que celles du Festival de Jazz De Montréal ou encore celle du festival Rock en Seine. C’est ainsi que Djamawi Africa gagne à se fait connaitre comme une référence musicale Actuelle/alternative Algérienne.
English: It was in 2004, at a student concert, that Djmawi Africa was formed in Algiers: Djamil on guitar, Fethi on violin and Zouhir on derbouka were joined spontaneously by Abdou on electric guitar, Mehdi on percussions and Karim on bass. The encounter was euphoric, and things really took off. Lamine the percussionist, Moh the drummer and M’hamed the clarinettist and saxophonist were soon added to the small troupe. Together, they offer their audiences joyful performances based on a particular idea: the African origins of Algeria.
Since then, the group has undergone some changes: Mehdi left the group, and the drummer’s place was taken by various musicians, up to Nazim Ziad today. The biggest shake-up occurred with the departure in 2015 of Djamil, who took up a solo career. The group then brought in Issem Bosli on vocals. He provides a memorable voice and new musical influences. These eight musicians are immersed in different musical styles: from chaabi to rock and including classical, reggae, metal and, at the heart of all this, Gnawa music, that of a mixed North African people, which has marked rock and jazz for decades. This is an explosive blend that provides their music with its great richness and refinement, marked by their culture and by an invigorating freshness.
For 13 years now, they have been on stages all over the world and are recognized as being among the pioneers of Algeria’s musical renewal. In 2008, an initial album was released. Then came the Echfaa boxed set in 2012, which includes a live performance and all their collaborations, followed by the album Avancez l’arrière in 2013. A Best of album appeared in 2016.