Alliance Française de Delhi in association with IIT Delhi is bringing to Delhi, worldwide famous Algerian singer and violinist Akim El Sikameya, with his powerful voice; it carries a very singular Arab–Mediterranean universe between gypsy and jazzy tones, sometimes raï, flamenco or klezmer ska.
Akim’s music shifts between two countries, two cultures and two continents. It moves between tradition and modernity, between acoustic and electric, as well as between so-called elitist music and Akim’s will to make it popular. Rather than a ‘copy and paste’ approach to these elements, Akim aims to blend them together in a way that is relevant to his way of life, which embraces cross-cultural dialogue – a blurring of borders and frontiers.
While Akim’s lyrics speak out against fundamentalism and the totalitarianism of his homeland, he does not adopt the plain-speaking lyrical customs of raÏŠ. Rather, he writes in a style more reminiscent of a semi-classical, Andalusian approach, while attempting to remove the elitist reputation of the lyrics to allow them to be accessed by common man.
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