Dizzying blend of Parisian, Arab and North African club sounds.
The Parisian electronic music crew Acid Arab have been putting European festivals and club audiences under a spell for the last couple of years, with their intoxicating blend of sharp electronic music with Eastern sounds & vocals. The Moroccan shooting star Glitter55 explore the music of different territories in West, South and North Africa and finds inspiration in Arab popular music. Experience them both, at Jaeger, during Oslo World.
After arriving in Paris at the age of 24, the DJ Manar Fegrouch quickly made a name for herself under the name GLITTER55, derived from her passion for glitter socks and a Moroccan incantation her grandmother often repeated to her, guarding against the evil eye. Her outstanding and organic performance at Les Transmusicales (Rennes) in 2018 was a major breakthrough for her electronic explorations and was followed by performances at several major festivals in France and other countries, like Nuits Sonores (Lyon and Brussels), We Love Green, Techno Parade, Moga, and a session for Boiler Room at Festival Le Bon Air.
GLITTER55 has said that she views her sets as explorations of different territories in West, South and North Africa. She is influenced by genres such as Chaâbi and Raï, and finds inspiration in Arab popular music. At the same time, she also finds room for her love of the techno scenes in Mexico and Italy, as well as jungle/bass music.
Her journey continues, brewing her own world of futuristic techno boosted with breakbeats and gqom rhythms at clubs in Paris, Geneva, Beirut, Berlin and in her homeland, Morocco. The last years, she has done collaborations on record with Bawrut, Malcolm and Sebastien Forrester. Now, GLITTER55 is ready to release her own music, coproduced with Cheb Runner and DeGrandi. At Oslo World this year, it is our pleasure to welcome one of the brightest new names in North African electronic music.
Acid Arab was formed in 2012 by the parisians Guido Minisky and Hervé Carvalho, both djs for many years and residents of the infamous Parisian club Chez Moune. After a trip to Tunisia with Dj Gilb’R, they fell in love with arab music. Since then, Acid Arab patiently honed their style by meeting with scores of artists from all over North Africa and the Middle East. Inspired by sounds from places such as Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey, they want to create a space for Arab culture in the world of contemporary electronic music. As they have explained in interviews: “We are fascinated by eastern music and its codes, such as complex rhythmic structures, which drive dancers to trance just like acid house does. We’d like to take these codes and use analog techno devices (beatboxes, bassline machines) to create something new.”
After releasing several EPs (the Collections series) on electronic music label Versatile, featuring collabs, remixes and tracks by other artists, they became a fully-fledged musical entity by teaming up with Pierrot Casanova, Nicolas Borne and, for studio and live activities, with sensational Algerian keyboard player Kenzi Bourras. This autumn, paired with Liliane Chela, the original duo is ready for Jaeger and Oslo World.