#SessionLive x 2 with Maia Barouh and El Comunero – RFI Musique

Singer, flutist, author, composer and arranger, Maia Barouh He is a unique artist who mixes the songs of his Japanese fathers with French-Japanese rap, groove, electro, song with great freedom. One of his specialties is his great vocal technique – a little-known flute from an island in the south of Japan, percussive and brash. The German press calls him a “punk shaman”. Maia has this exceptional ability to create impossible concoctions. Here his unique and recognizable style is born.

Following her father, Pierre Barouh, Maia took up music, playing instruments such as the piano, guitar and drums at a very early age. But the flute was his first weapon at work. He started his career at the age of 16 in the Tokyo subway, playing flute in rock bands, playing saxophone in a Japanese street band, accompanying drag queens, accompanying strippers, Guinean and Brazilian griot musicians… Before being founded. his own band, based on electric bass and drums, where his singing will be the centerpiece, with which he will perform concerts and tour the archipelago.

After an 11-year career in Japan, a meeting and collaboration with the famous producer Martin Meissonnier (Fela Kuti, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Khaled, Don Cherry, Manu Dibango…) will bring him to Paris to produce the album “Kodama» will travel all over Europe for 5 years before preparing his new project.AIDA“. AIDA means between two in Japanese. It’s an album that explores her Franco-Japanese identity, Asian racism, migration, and feminism.

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Maia Barouh.


Produced by Maia over several years, directed by MAJiKer (an English producer known for his work with Camille or Berywam), the main goal of his research was to compose from a base of singing and flute and find a natural way to mix the two. working with rapper Elea Braaz to find the correctness of French lyrics in tunes of Japanese ancestry, or to make French sound Japanese in rap.

Along with the release of her stunning new single and music video TOKYO ONDO With more than 50,000 views in 1 week, Maia tries herself again for the stage. Unlike her electro-produced album, she decides to do acoustic guitar, because yes, no one knows it, but Maia also plays guitar and has a hell of a rock style with Brazilian-era sounds! You can see him perform in Paris and its regions.

With extensive stage experience, madness, volcanic energy and extreme musicality, Maia Barouh takes us to the heart of her roots, where melancholy and trance, groove and electronic music, ancestral rap and singing come together and capture the audience. the sound that takes you to the guts!

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Maia Barouh, Delphine Langhoff, Aksel Bahouche and Laurence Aloir at RFI.


The titles were performed in the Grand studio

– Hafu Live RFI watch the clip

-Ringofrom the album Aida watch the clip

-Tokyo Ondo Live RFI watch the clip.

Line up : Maia BarouhSing a song, Axel Bahouchekeyboards, machines, Delphine Langoffbattery.

Voice: Mathias Taylor, Benoît Lethirant.

► Shopping notebook Aida (Sarawah 2022).

Maia Barouh to sing at RFI Musique (2015).

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El Comunero.


Then we buy El Comunero for the album release Races and Semillas.

Thomas Jimenez is a composer and performer. Singer and multi-instrumentalist (strings and percussion), he presides over the band EL COMUNERO, which he founded in 2008 in honor of his grandfather, a Spanish republican fighter. The group releases its 5th album Races and Semillas.

In 1998, he formed the French singing group L’AIR DE RIEN, with which he debuted on the stages of France, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium and recorded two songs with OGRES DE BARBACK (one million children, one million children). road to rome).

He also collaborates with many artists, as in 2013, where he performs on stage and for the mini-album with the group ZEBDA for the memory of Victor Jara or for Mano Solo from Les Hurlements d’Léo, published in 2015 scrapbook and album Global Stereo HDL.

He has composed music for documentaries (Angel, Childhood in Exile, Passage of Solidarity, etc.), plays (Fragments d’Exil) and animated films (Boléro-Paprika, for which he was awarded the title of best short animated film at the Voix international festival). d’étoiles 2018″, Above all, Rojava…).

She has been leading writing workshops in schools, prisons and refugees for several years, most notably with CIMADE.

He is also the author of short stories (in the Brigadistes collections published by Caïman in 2016, 1917, October Rouge Nouvelles Noires published by Arcane17 in 2017, Des Nouvelles de Mai 68 published by Du Caïman in 2018), BAD Published by REPUTATION. Arcane17, Une Plongée dans le Noir to be published by M+ in 2023, and stories for children (Mondial Stereo, Leo’s Howls book/disc October 2019).

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Thomas Jimenez and Jocelyn Gallardo at RFI.


The titles were performed in the Grand studio

– Cara Quemada walk Live RFI

– Rosario dynamiteFrom the album Raices y Semillas

– Destellos de Esperanza Live RFI.

Order: Thomas Jimenezvocals, guitar), Jocelyn Gallardoaccordion.

Voice: Benoit Lethirant and Fabien Mugneret

► Shopping notebook Races and Semillas (I want to talk about it in 2022)

YouTube channel El Comunero.

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