Exploring Syna Awel’s Musical Journey: A Fusion of Cultures and Traditions


Syna Awel’s debut album is a captivating journey into her Kabyle heritage, where tales and encounters come to life through her words and music. Collaborating with talented musicians such as Karim Ziad, David Aubaile, and Pierre Bonnet, Syna Awel crafts a mesmerizing blend of Berber and French melodies, infused with Eastern ambiances and occasional jazz and pop harmonies.

Her compositions and lyrics, enriched by her ancestral roots, reflect a profound connection to her culture and oral tradition. Through her music, she bridges the gap between tradition and modernity, inviting listeners to embark on a cultural exploration.

Karim Ziad’s arrangements add depth and texture to the album, while David Aubaile’s multi-instrumental talents and Pierre Bonnet’s bass lines complement Syna Awel’s vocals beautifully. Together, they create a rich tapestry of sound that transports audiences to distant lands, evoking a sense of wanderlust and curiosity.

Syna Awel’s musical journey is marked by diverse influences and collaborations. From her early soul project with Marcus Cecconi in Nice to her experiences with Ifriqiyya Electrique and collaborations with musicians from the Afro-Jazz world, she has continually sought to push boundaries and explore new musical territories.

Karim Ziad’s remarkable career as a drummer and percussionist has left an indelible mark on the North African and international jazz scenes. His innovative approach to rhythm and his mastery of traditional Maghreb rhythms are evident in every beat.

David Aubaile’s versatility as a musician and producer shines through in his contributions to the album, reflecting his passion for blending different musical styles and traditions.

Pierre Bonnet’s background in Gnawa Diffusion and urban music brings a unique flavor to the album, adding depth and groove to Syna Awel’s compositions.

Rabah Khalfa, with his exceptional percussion skills, further enhances the album’s authenticity, drawing on his extensive experience playing with renowned artists from the Maghreb countries.

In conclusion, Syna Awel’s debut album is a testament to her talent and artistic vision. With its eclectic mix of influences and captivating melodies, it offers a glimpse into the rich tapestry of cultures that define her musical journey.


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