Sunday June 30, 2013
Labess | Al Balad Music Festival

Labess is Arabic for “things are going well” and nicely describes the success enjoyed by young Algerian guitarist Nedjim Bouizzoul and his talented musical friends. With his rich, husky voice and undeniable charm, he sings in Arabic and French about the turbulent daily life of his native country and the need to live in peace and unity. His music reveals the beauty and depth of a repertoire that fuses gypsy rumba and flamenco with gnawa, chaabi, and other traditional North African rhythms.

Born in Algeria, Bouizzoul landed in Montreal in 2003. His superb guitar work soon attracted the attention of fellow professionals in the local music community. Since then he has played, both solo and with his group, at various Montreal venues and festivals such as Montreal’s Festival du Maghreb, Francofolies, and Festival du Monde Arabe. Labess’ first album, Tout Va Bien, like its creator, is an intriguing hybrid of music, and was nominated for Best World Music Album of 2007 at ADISQ (Quebec’s Juno Awards). The group’s second album, Identité, came out in May 2012 and has received rave reviews.

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