Awalé is a reflection of London’s multiculturalism. With members from Tunisia, Cuba, France, Slovakia and England, their music takes influences from Afrobeat, Balkan music, North African Amarzigh music, Ethiopian Funk and Latin Jazz, blended in a unique synthesis. Through their music they take the audience on a journey across continents celebrating diversity and hope for mutual understanding of different cultures.
The name Awalé, meaning “love each other”, comes from an ancient African game declined in hundreds of versions scattered around the world. Like the game, the music is played in turns and cycles of various length which echo themselves. Sometimes very intricately and sometimes in unison. Heavily horn based, with the colour and excitement of 70′s funk and with Balkan inspired odd time signatures. This dance music moves it’s audience from their seats and on to the dance floor.
Since 2009 Awalé have played extensively in and around London. They have performed at major festivals such as the Big Chill, Solfest, Lounge in the Farm or Secret Garden.
Thibaut Remy – Guitar
Badiaa Bouhrizi – Vocals
Oreste Noda – Percussion
Joe Auckland – Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Will Collier – Electric Bass and Guitar
Ben Somers – Saxophone
Ben Reynolds – Drums
Jozef Berk – Percussion
Bringing a distinctive eastern take on afrobeat – Lopa Kothari, World on 3, BBC3.
Begs repeated listening. – Jane Cornwell, Songlines.
Awalé’s tunes rock. – Rita Ray (DJ, Broadcaster).
Awalé are doing something different with afrobeat and I do like it. – The late Charlie Gillett (Radio DJ, Broadcaster).
Awalé play some seriously heavy Afro-Latin-Gypsy Funk….Their formula of phat and funky guitar riffs, Afro-Cuban percussion, supertight horns, and searing female vocals make for a mindblowing party blend. – Cal Jader (DJ, Promoter).
Awalé’s music echoes the past masters whilst bringing a new and undefinable sound. – 12tone.