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Propaganda Session Two

Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda + King Ayisoba

Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda standing in front of a mosque, wearing sunglasses in the sunshine

Scintillating electro-Mahgreb meets hypnotic hiplife in this double-bill, featuring sets from Algerian singer Sofiane Saidi and his band Mazalda, as well as Ghanaian singer King Ayisoba.

Raï music is reborn – Sofiane Saidi takes the urgent lyricism of the Algerian rebel music and molds it into something new, pairing his vocals with a dramatic and psychedelic groove. He’s accompanied by Mazalda, a six-piece band making human-machine music, with synth squalls, brass instruments and a team of percussionists providing the pulse.

There’s majestic power in the kologo, King Ayisoba’s instrument of choice, a type of two string lute. You’d think its sonic scope would be limited, but Ayisoba makes it sound like a whole band in itself, with propulsive energy, clattering rhythm and mind-bending melody. He finds new life in traditional sounds, fusing tribal rhythms with hiplife – the Ghanaian style of hip hop that blends highlife and rap.

This performance will start at the advertised start time and running times will be confirmed closer to the event

Produced by the Barbican


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