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Akli D - Kabyle Mental - Ma Yela
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Now a resident in Paris, music has long been a part of his life, having grown up in the Kabylie region east of Algiers with a mother who sang traditional folk music. Akli D’s musical career has taken him from a street performer, to a signed recording artist, via the study and influence of many musical forms — Kabylie folk, North African Chaâbi, Senegalese M’balax along with blues, rock, reggae and jazz.
Following the recent release of his second album Ma Yela, Akli D speaks here about his new album, his musical life, and his forthcoming visit to London as part of the London Jazz Festival
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Considering your music fuses/incorporates many styles how would you like it to be defined?
That’s also where I learned to sing other, more modern music, like rock, reggae, blues…
Growing up with a musician Mother, what are your memories of that period of your life and how has it influenced you today?
How do you feel Ma Yela differs from your debut album, ‘Anefas Trankil’?
What was it like working with Manu Chao? And what do you feel he brought to your album?
The inspiration comes from a musical riff, or a word, or an image, that is what sparks the emotion and inspiration.
Lyrically Ma Yela addresses powerful social/political subjects, do you feel this is integral to your music or are they specific issues you wish to draw attention to?
What is next for you? Do you have the plans for another release?
Having performed at this years WOMAD festival along with such artists as Gotam Project, Konono No.1, Femi Kuti and Manu Chao, how was that experience?
Akli D plays Pizza on The Park at the London Jazz Festival, Tuesday 14th November, 9pm (Box office: 020 7235 5273)
Ma Yela was released on October 16th on Because.
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