Between 2006 and 2008 I had the opportunity of spending a year in Algiers working with the Chaabi musicians, underground since the revolution of 1962, for the documentary film ‘El Gusto’ – an Algerian ‘Buena Vista Social Club’. I arranged, orchestrated and rehearsed 46 Algerian musicians, prepared them for a European tour in which the music was used in the film.
I also worked with Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) which led to the music I helped to orchestrate appearing on BBC 1 on the Jools Holland show ‘Later’. These Algerian musicians had a genre of music that has been missing since 1962 as the music was only performed at musicians homes and private parties, until now. The film reunites the music and the French and Algerian Jewish and Muslim Chaabi musicians.
Check out the El Gusto website here.