DJ Rita Ray’s African tracks: Fusing sounds over the Sahara

In her consistent segment about African music, DJ Rita Ray takes a gander at a portion of the best late music discharges from Morocco – and why some North African artists are looking for motivation promote south.

Ahmed Soultan, a pioneer of Morocco’s urban music scene, says that a standout amongst the most well known groups right now is Fnaire with their new single Chayeb.

“They have quite recently discharged another video [of it]… and they have a million perspectives as of now and they are being played in the all the radio stations,” he let me know.

The trio from Marrakech “took a mainstream old tune, took the ensemble and repeated it contemporarily”.

It is a mix of rap and customary Moroccan chaabi music with a solid message about authorized marriage and youngster ladies.

Soultan himself has made a sound that unites African rhythms and instruments like the darbuka drum and the guembri, the North African variant of the ngoni lute of West Africa, which is played by the Gnawa individuals of the Maghreb.

The name he has given to the sound originated from the incredible US performer George Clinton of Funkadelic and Parliament notoriety – two funk groups who were enormous in the 1970s.

“Five years back I was in the studio with him and he began to say: ‘I like this track I am going to work with you on it,'” Soultan clarifies.

“He said: ‘I can hear Africa and there is something else.’ And I said: ‘Better believe it’s North Africa.’

“He said: ‘Gracious so it resembles Afro-Arabian – Afrobian.’ I said: ‘Please Uncle George give me this word. Can I take Afrobian to depict this music?'”

Soultan has subsequent to refined the combination and his new collection Music Has No Boundaries gloats a track called Afrobian.