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FANFARAÏ BIG BAND emerged in 2005 under the direction of Samir Inal. After creating ZIYARA a traditional Algerian Street band in 2000 he met with musicians coming from jazz and salsa bands and decided to readapt with them the traditional and popular repertoire for a brass band.

FANFARAÏ BIG BAND goes along the same line as the tradition of these street orchestras, called “Idbalen” or “Zernadjia” that animated rituals and feasts in Algeria from the beginning of the century till the 1970’s. Idbalen was common in the Berber region, Algiers and its surroundings. These bands used to perform in public squares, streets and mausoleums during the feast of local saints. Inseparable from festive events, these street musicians used Tbel (drums), Ghaita (flute) and Tbilette (small drum or tambourine), Derbouka, Guellal and Kerkabou according to their region.

FANFARAÏ BIG BAND combined the saxophones, congas, trumpets, trombone, drums or the tuba to these traditionnal instruments, readapted the repertoire for all these instruments and introduced – naturally -Afro-Cuban, Salsa, Latin and jazz influences.

The North African music has never been played this way (with a brass band) and this is what makes FANFARAÏ BIG BAND so original and the project so successful. The music of FANFARAÏ BIG BAND is a cheerful combination that is as interesting as the diversity of cultures and trajectories of the musicians themselves. French, Algerian, Marocan, Franco-Italien musicians bring their energy and talent together and keep sharing their own particular musical heritage with all the other members of the band. The basis of the repertoire of FANFARAÏ BIG BAND is Algerian and Moroccan and each member of the band is free to bring his own influences onto it. FANFARAÏ BIG BAND succeeds on each performance – in the streets or on stages – to carry its audience away beyond ethnic descent or nationality, towards territories of tolerance, discovery and pleasure.

Tani the second of the band was released on May 2013 and gives a good view of their creativity with personal compositions and new reggae and funk influences.

The leitmotiv of the band is: ”to learn from one another and to share with all ”

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