Fanfaraï joins together a cultural mix of 14 musicians for a colorful explosion North African music. The Paris-based group grew in 2005 out of a smaller Algerian street band, adding musicians from France, Morocco, and India who share a passion for what they call “the traditions of festive wanderings.” Brasses, horns, and traditional percussion blend with Arab, Berber, Afro-Cuban, and Latin influences to create big, bold music for the public square (Lotus parade, anyone?). Fanfaraï draws on popular brass-band repertoire, salsa, jazz, and funk, as well as the heritage of “Idbalen” and “Zernadjia” – itinerant street musicians who have animated Algerian rituals and feasts since the turn of the 20th century. Boasting a motto “to learn from one another and to share with all,” Fanfaraï’s music embodies an energetic, cheerful diversity – as lively and varied as the trajectories of the musicians themselves.

Friday, Sept. 25

Ivy Tech Community College Tent on 4th Street, 10:45-12am

Saturday, Sept. 26

Parade Downtown Bloomington, 8:30pm
Ivy Tech Community College Tent on 4th Street, 10:45-12am

Arts Midwest

This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Indiana Arts Commission and General Mills Foundation.

Presented in partnership with IU African Studies.

FANFARAÏ – Taous et El H’mam