Electric Jalaba return with 'Merhaba', the hotly anticipated follow up to 2012's 'Introducing'
In the summer of 2011, eclectic groove adventurers, Soundspecies met UK -based, Moroccan gnawa master musician Simo Lagnawi at a festival.
After a handful of jam sessions and without ever having performed together in public, they booked two days in a studio to document their space-age-gnawa experimentations. From the music created that weekend - available on CD and download, entitled ‘Introducing Electric Jalaba’ - it was clear that they were on to something special, not just a one-off collaboration. It formed the basis of an electrifying live set that over the course of a year propelled Electric Jalaba to become one of London’s in demand live acts. They have played a string of UK and European festival dates including Bestival, Latitude, Wilderness, Boomtown, Secret Garden Party and trips to Cyprus, Italy, Denmark, Czech Republic and Latvia, while their self-made videos have gathered over 40,000 youtube hits. They have developed and matured their writing process and deepened their explorations into gnawa music and beyond. A new album, 'Merhaba', released in April 2015 represents many possibilities of Gnawa fusion - with everything from the more traditional sounding ‘Moulana’ and 'Subai' to the hyper funk of ‘Merhaba’, the Afro-beat infused ‘Fatima’ and the chugging, Zeppelin-esque rock of ‘Ngsha’ - all the while sounding like a cohesive, groove-driven collection. They continue to tour and gather fans.