#SessionLive x 2 with Maïa Barouh and El Comunero

Our first guest is French-Japanese artist Maïa Barouh who is releasing a new album Aida in Sarava.

Singer, flautist, author, composer and arranger, Maia Barouh is a unique artist who mixes Japanese ancestral songs with French-Japanese rap, groove, electro, song with great freedom. One of his particularities is his great vocal technique – largely unknown from an island south of Japan which he associates with his flute, percussive and insolent. The German press calls her “the punk shaman!” Maïa has this exceptional ability to create unlikely blends. This is where her inimitable and recognizable style is born.

Lulled by music in the footsteps of her father Pierre Barouh, Maïa approached instruments such as the piano, guitar and percussion very early on. But the flute was her first weapon to tackle her work. He began his career at the age of 16 in the Tokyo underground, playing flute in rock bands, saxophone in a Japanese street brass band, accompanying drag-queens, stripper dancers, Guinean and Brazilian griot musicians. .. Before setting up his own group based on electric bass and percussion, where his singing will become central with which he will perform concerts and tours throughout the archipelago.

After 11 years of career in Japan, the meeting and collaboration with the famous producer Martin Meissonnier (Fela Kuti, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Khaled, Don Cherry, Manu Dibango…) will take her to Paris to produce the album “Kodam» who will make it tour throughout Europe, for 5 years, before preparing his brand new project «AIDA“. AIDA means between two in Japanese. It is an album that evokes her French-Japanese identity, Asian racism, exodus and feminism.

Maia Barouh. © Tijana Fetermann

Produced by Maïa for several years, directed by MAJiKer (English producer known for his work with Camille or Berywam), the heart of his research has been to compose starting from his base which is singing and flute, and find a way natural to mix his two languages ​​working with rapper Elea Braaz, to find the accuracy of French words on ancestral Japanese melodies, or to make French sound like Japanese on a rap.

Along with the release of her stunning new single and music video by TOKYO ONDO which achieved more than 50,000 views in 1 week, Maïa once again challenges herself for the stage. Contrary to her album produced with electronic sounds, she decides to jump into vocal guitar because yes, nobody knows, but Maïa also plays guitar and has a hellish rock style, groove with sounds from the Brazilian times! You can see her performing in Paris and her regions.

With her extensive stage experience, her madness, her volcanic energy and her boundless musicality, Maïa Barouh takes us to the heart of her roots where melancholy and trance, groove and electronic music, ancestral rap and singing come together and capture the public. her voice that takes you to the bowels!

Maïa Barouh, Delphine Langhoff, Aksel Bahouche and Laurence Aloir of RFI.
Maïa Barouh, Delphine Langhoff, Aksel Bahouche and Laurence Aloir of RFI. © Taguy M’Fah Traoré/RFI

Titles performed at the Grand studio

-Hafu RFI live see the clip

– Ringofrom the album Aida see the clip

-Tokyo Ondo RFI live see the clip.

Align : Maia Barouhsinging, Aksel Bahouchekeyboards, machines, Delphine Langhoffbattery.

Sound: Mathias Taylor, Benoît Letirant.

► Scrapbooks Aida (Sarava 2022).

Maïa Barouh to read on RFI Musique (2015).

The Comunero.
The Comunero. © Benoît Gatti

Then we receive The Comunero for the album release Raices and Semillas.

Tomas Jiménez is a songwriter and performer. Singer and multi-instrumentalist (strings and percussion), he officiates in the group EL COMUNERO, which he formed in 2008 in homage to his grandfather, a Spanish republican fighter. The group releases its fifth album Raices and Semillas.

In 1998 he created the French musical group L’AIR DE RIEN with which he made his debut on the stages of France, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium and with whom he recorded two songs with OGRES DE BARBACK (one million children, the road to Roma).

He also collaborates with many artists such as in 2013, where he performs on stage and records a mini-album with the group ZEBDA for a tribute to Victor Jara, or in the tribute album to Mano Solo from Les Hurlements d’Léo released in 2015 and album global stereo of HDL.

He composes music for documentaries (Angel, a childhood in exile, La traversata solidale, etc.), plays (Fragments d’Exil) and animated films (Boléro-Paprika for which he won the best soundtrack of animated short film at the international festival “Voix d’étoiles 2018”, especially Rojava…).

For several years he has also conducted writing workshops in schools, prisons and refugees, especially with CIMADE.

He is also the author of short stories (in the collections Brigadistes edited by Caïman in 2016, 1917, October Rouge Nouvelles Noires edited by Arcane17 in 2017, Des Nouvelles de Mai 68, edited by Du Caïman in 2018), BAD REPUTATION edited by . Arcane17, Une Plongée dans le Noir to be released in 2023 by M+, and children’s stories (Mondial Stereo, book/disc by Leo’s Howls published in October 2019).

Thomas Jimenez and Jocelyn Gallardo at RFI.
Thomas Jimenez and Jocelyn Gallardo at RFI. © Laurence Aloir/RFI

Titles performed at the Grand studio

– The Cara Quemada walk RFI live

– Dynamite rosaryfrom the album Raices y Semillas

– Destellos de Esperanza RFI live.

Align: Thomas Jimenezvoice, guitar) Jocelyn Gallardoaccordion.

Sound: Benoît Letirant And Fabien Mugneret

► Scrapbooks Raices and Semillas (We want to talk about 2022)

El Comunero YouTube channel.

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