- Artist:Watcha Clan
- release year:2011
The biblical city of Babel and its infamous tower have received bad press over the centuries. Imagined as a looming structure built by children in which all residents spoke the same language, the omnipresent God decided to trick humans in order to make them scatterthe word Babel is derived from the Hebrew balal, to “jumble.” Yet if we consider the tower as a prototype radio transmitter, as Marseille, France-based Watcha Clan does on its latest album, Radio Babel (Piranha), the sound of one world singing and dancing together makes perfect sense.
Joined by a multi-cultural cast featuring producer/keyboardist Suprem Clem, bassist Matt Labesse and vocalist/guitarist Nassim Kouti from Oran in Algeria, connecting the European and Middle Eastern worlds has the band’s calling card for a decade. Radio Babel is this band’s clarion call to watching the walls tumble down. “
While the band’s powerful live instrumentation touched with electronic textures includes the indigenous music of Morocco, Algeria, Israel, Spain, the Balkans, Turkey and France, Radio Babel is predominantly concerned with destroying boundaries everywhere. The first video, a mini-documentary focused on Mexican-American border issues, is set to the breakthrough song “We Are One,” and features interviews with migrant workers and farmers.
Press Quotes"Watcha Clan gehören zur Speerspitze der globalen Musik, sie zeigen in beispielhafter Weise auf, wie Ahnlichkeiten zwischen den Kulturen durch Musik vermittelt werden können."
"Watcha Clan are part of the spearhead of global music. They are exemplary in showing how similarities in cultures can be conveyed through music."
concerto 1 2011