AIWA are a fantastic band that I know pretty well and have shared some tremendous times with here in the UK and also abroad in Morocco. They have a new album coming out soon, which is something that I am really looking forward to.
They make the coolest cutting edge and underground music you’re ever likely to hear. When I heard this band for the first time, they BLEW my mind and then I saw them LIVE, they blew my mind even more. And then when I met them, my head exploded 🙂
They are a collective founded in 1998 by Wamid and Naufalle, two Iraqi brothers brought up in France. Their main aim was to fuse classical Arabic music heard from their parent’s records (Om Kalsoum, Abdel Halim Hafez, Fairuz...) with western beats. They’ve been joined by Severine (female singer and also composer) and Gaël (saxophones, flutes and keyboards).
In 2002, they signed up with Canadian label WIKKID RECORDS. Their debut album was released in 2003 and was licensed worldwide.
ELNAR was their second full-length album and that was released in 2006. This album featured New Yorks finest : Mc Jamalski (Boogie Down Productions), Says (X Makeena) and Anissa Derkaoui (Algerian singer).
Their 3rd album was a compilation of remixes from the first 2 albums and included remixes by the likes of Cheb I Sabbah and others.
It is an absolute honour for me to be able to offer you 3 tracks for free download, one from each album to give you a taster of what they’re all about before their new album drops.
You can buy all 3 albums on-line via Amazon or Beatport and my advice, albeit biased, is get all 3 as they are essential for your collection.
You can watch them live below: