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El Mizan

El Mizan (ALG, CH)


Le Petit Canyon

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After crossing paths with many different people, Anouar Kaddour Chérif, an Algerian mandolist living in Switzerland for the past 4 years, created El Mizan. Their music is “rock from the back of beyond in the old country,” as he likes to call it. In Arabic, el mizan means equilibrium or balance. This equilibrium can be felt in their compositions that mix the harmonic system of arabic music and a more western rhythm. The language used is Darija, a Maghrebian dialect, and the songs talk about freedom, taboos, love and emancipation. The collective memory is mixed with modern postcolonial preoccupations… and all that together creates music that is rich with its diverse influences. It is an exquisite nectar that stems from definitive encounters.