Who Are We?
When and where?
Saturday, 23 september - 10:00 PM
Place de la Hafsia
Thomas Attar Bellier : guitar, saz
Durgut Sibel: vocals
Guillaume Théoden: bass guitar
Sacha Viken Poulain: drums
Arnaud Granet: manager
Special thanks: Municipality of the city of Tunis
On Al-Qasar’s first full-length album, Who Are We? (Glitterbeat Records), bass, drums and percussion create an irresistible groove, while electric saz and guitars build a wailing wall above, with ecstatic Arabic vocals inspired by history as it strides into the future. Like a psychedelic celebration on the dancefloor, it bristles with the kind of deep energy that makes Al-Qasar sound like the world’s most dangerous wedding band.
On Who Are We? , French-US band leader Thomas Attar Bellier’s hard-hitting production is augmented by the mixing ingenuity of Alain Johannes (PJ Harvey, Arctic Monkeys, QOTSA) and mastering expertise of Grammywinner Dave Collins (Madonna, Soundgarden). Al-Qasar’s magnetic pull drew big names from around the world, such as The Dead Kennedys’ Jello Biafra, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Sudanese innovator Alsarah, Algerian oud virtuoso Mehdi Haddab (Speed Caravan), and acclaimed Egyptian singer Hend Elrawy (Orange Blossom). Al-Qasar’s music never wavers, pulling from the hypnotic roots of North African trance and threading it into a fabric with the elaborate beauty of Arabic scales and the shock and thrill of rock’n’roll. The collective notably appeared at the following international festivals: Pukkelpop, WOMAD, Lowlands, TransMusicales, and Reeperbahn.
Hafsia Square (map)
Sep. 23 at 10:30pm