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When we talk about Zar Electrik, we are talking about music without codes and without borders.
It is the meeting of two friends in Marseille: Anass Zine, his bewitching voice with Maghrebian influences as well as his many traditional instruments (gumbri, oud …) and Arthur Péneau, with his deep voice, who introduces hybrid African influences through his kora which he mystifies with electric effects. Then the connection with Miosine (Didier Simione) sublimates the whole, the last element of the trio. He brings his knowledge and mastery of machines, synths and codes of electronic music. The synthesis is explosive. Together, they create rich and generous music, crossing between Maghreb, Sub-Saharan Africa and the West which takes us on a transcendent journey. With their electronic groove, it’s a pure energy inviting us to dance. Their complementarity is not only heard, it is felt and seen. Punctuated by smiles, Zar’s music brings the troops together for a moment of celebration and conviviality.
It was in Casablanca, his hometown, that Anass Zine took his first steps in the musical world, first in the halls of the conservatory, then during his first artistic training. This young artist began to create his first melodies inspired by traditional rhythms and sub-Saharan instruments, indulging in the influence of Western songs. He created his first group Gnawa Click. Owing to his skills as a leader and composer, the group would share the stage with Gnawa Diffusion, Karim Ziad, or even Cheb Khaled on the floors of the Casablanca Festival, the Festival of Sacred Music of Fez, and at the Festival Mawazine in Rabat. His arrival in Marseille in 2015 gave him the opportunity to continue his self-production journey in France. He has been invited to many Marseillaise formations and has built the MaClick project.
With one foot in music since he was eleven, Arthur Péneau has always been thirsty to discover and learn new instruments. He would start with Cuban and African percussion, then the guitar. At the same time, he formed many groups during his adolescence. It was during one of his trips to Africa that he was able to find the one instrument that has never left him since, his kora. There he was able to grasp the art of the instrument with its culture and with respect to its traditions. After eight years of apprenticeship with a Guinean master residing in Marseille (Karamoko Bangoura), he was able to evolve into many groups within the Paca region in quite varied styles ranging from gnawa (Bambara Groove) to rumba and flamenco (Piel Canela), as well as in personal projects that fused all of them together (Titu Kora, Titu Trio).
Did Miosine is a musician, composer/arranger, and speaker in musical and sound creation workshops. Trained as a sound engineer, he also studied electro-acoustic and experimental music at the Marseille Conservatory. He composes and produces for various current musical projects, as well as for audiovisual and live shows. As a multi-instrumentalist, he has been performing on stage for twenty years through numerous projects (Miosine, Iraka, OttilieB, MC2, Neimios, the play “Marco Pollo et l’hirondelle du khan » by Eric Bouvron. ..) As a facilitator leading workshops in the creation and interpretation of electronic music for over 10 years, he has developed and programmed computer tools allowing a non-musical audience the ability to interpret music on stage.