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Cheb i Sabbah and Ekayani and the Tom Glide Space
House of Hearts BKLYN and the Majic B.U.S. Events Production NYC presents the Godfather of Global Electronica dj Cheb i Sabbah Saturday, October 23 at Rose Live Music in Williamsburg.
Dj Cheb I Sabbah's North African and "Desi" fusions will be paired with the music of Brooklyn and French duo Ekayani and the Tom Glide Space whose own devotional electronica album Yoga on the Dance Floor and Sanskrit Mantras borrows heavily from Reggae Dub and Brazilian flavors with Bengali and Sanskrit being the primary languages. Saturday night's event at the intimate Rose lounge is poised to deliver a late night dance party featuring the master Cheb i Sabbah spinning for the dance floor. A special performance by vocalist Ekayani celebrates the new EP release "Here's the Light Remixes" by Tom Glide and South Africa's "Beat Pharmacy " dj Brendon Moeller
Cheb i Sabbah was born in Algeria of Berber (Amazigh) descent and moved to Paris as a teenager and became a DJ by chance. By the late 1980s, residing in San Francisco, he was internationally pushing boundaries on the dance floor, seeking ways to infuse Asian, Arabic and African sounds into the mix. Then as the “world music” movement unfolded, Cheb i Sabbah took the inspired step of recording traditional and classical musicians from India, Pakistan and Africa, effectively transforming those compositions into sonic landscapes, thus creating a new style of electronic music “composed” by a DJ.
With seven landmark recordings on the Six Degrees Records label, Sabbah remains a DJ at heart, but he is also something more.“As a DJ you have ears,” says Sabbah, “this is my instrument, you know what you want to hear on the dance floor or in producing music.” An innovator in one of the most contemporary musical realms, he is clearly committed to creating new forms. “But at the same time,” says Sabbah, “the most important focus for me is to keep the musical tradition alive. For example, folk, trance and healing musicians are struggling to make a living and teach the young generations. Once those musicians go, it's over, then what?”
As an “Outernational” DJ to defender of ancient traditions, Sabbah is a true musical iconoclast and visionary in the electronica scene. From the crowded confines of nightclubs to major festivals, Cheb i Sabbah enjoys a worldwide reputation as a magician of the dance floor. On stage he often spins accompanied by live musicians, dancers and massive projected visuals, interwoven and juxtaposed as the spirit moves him.
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