Introducing Bab L’ Bluz

We are excited to announce the signing of Moroccan-French power quartet, Bab L’ Bluz, whose debut album Nayda! we will be releasing digitally on 5th June 2020, and on CD/Vinyl from 24 July 2020.

Bab L’ Bluz are reclaiming the blues for North Africa. Fronted by an African-Moroccan woman in a traditionally male role, the band are devoted to a revolution in attitude which dovetails with Morocco’s ‘nayda’ youth movement – a new wave of artists and musicians taking their cues from local heritage, singing words of freedom in the Moroccan-Arabic dialect of darija. Ancient and current, funky and rhythmic, buoyed by Arabic lyrics, soaring vocals and bass-heavy grooves, Nayda! seems to pulse from the heart of the Maghreb.

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Bab L' Bluz - Ila Mata (Official Video)

The band’s first single —and a great example of what to expect from the new album— is ‘Ila Mata’. “The lyrics are inspired by the Tunisian poet Anis Shoshan,” says frontwoman Yousra Mansour. “They aim to awaken the sleeping consciousness of individuals indoctrinated by racist statements and who consider some humans superior to others. It is a call to search for what can unite us instead of going towards everything that divides us.”

Nayda! is out on Real World Records on 5th June 2020 digitally, and available on CD/Vinyl on 24th July 2020.

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Featured release

  • Nayda!

    Bab L’ Bluz

    Released 05 June 2020

    Moroccan-French power quartet, Bab L’ Bluz, reclaim the blues for North Africa. Fronted by an African-Moroccan woman in a traditionally male role, Bab L’ Bluz are devoted to a revolution in attitude which dovetails with Morocco’s ‘nayda’ youth movement – a new wave of artists and musicians taking their cues from local heritage, singing words of freedom in the Moroccan-Arabic dialect of darija.

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Published on Thu, 07 May 20

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