Azmari – Sama’I (ENG review)

World Jazz
Azmari - Sama'I

Here is an album that will immediately make you want to travel. It will be available starting from February 5th, and our editorial teams highly recommend it. Azmari is a collective of Belgian musicians, open to the world, and their musical influences include Okay Temiz, Mulatu Astatke, Cymande, Fela Kuti, and The Heliocentrics. This is a debut album that flirts, in concept, in the footsteps of the Joe Zawinul Syndicate, exploring Turkish and Ethiopian scales to the fullest and blending them into a world-jazz fusion, all connected by reggae inspirations. The pleasure is complete, and so is the sense of being transported to another place, and it’s true that the pleasure of the ears is the key theme of this album. Here is what the group had to say about their music: “Slowly, here it comes. Sinuous. It rubs its belly against the earth, slaloms between the rocks, traces its destiny in the sea of gold. Azalai. The music drags, repeats, complements, and soars like the wind, tainted with sand and spices. It takes its breath in the desert dunes and advances, keeps advancing. It advances relentlessly, it fills itself with images, flavors, ecstasy, and intensifies with the tempo. This music stutters. It drowns, exhales, and awakens under the oriental sun. Bodies sway, spin, succumb to the sun’s bite, and get lost in the intoxication. No one sees the end of it. It’s a hypnotic venom. An endless trance. Always forward. Always toward the distant horizon. We move forward. Azalai as the sole guide.”
A very promising debut album for which the editorial teams of Bayou Blue Radio and Paris-Move award 4 stars, knowing that such a group will not be long in releasing an even more impressive follow-up. We are already looking forward to it!

Thierry De Clemensat
USA correspondent – Paris-Move
Editor in chief Bayou Blue Radio, Bayou Blue News

PARIS-MOVE, January 26th 2021


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