Whether from a distance or near, Kamel is anything like his father DAHMAN EL HARRACHI, the ” ya rayah ” creator (now global hit thanks to Rachid Taha’s cover) wich is in fact his eldest son.
Born in Algeria in 1973, Kamel has never stopped to follow in his father footsteps, and this from the earliest age. Open to discover different styles, he used to listen to other emblematic figures of Chaabi such as M’rizek Hajj, al-Hashemi Guerouabi Amar Ezzahi or Bouadjadj to better understand their art. Chaabi is a popular music genre sprung from Algiers Casbah in the forties.
In 1991, Kamel took the name El-Harrachi as a remembrance, recorded his first audio tape in Afric-Audio in Douéra, in l’Algerois, we can enjoy two new tracks.
This lad, as discreet as effective, has almost the same mandola playing as his father, but a less gravelly voice.
In 1994 he went into exile in France and start to perform in Parisian cafes just like his father at his begginings, to raise on stages such as the “Printemps de Bourges”. He continued, away from noise, a musical career which delighted and amazed the audience
For some years now, he finally returned to studio work and prepares his album “GHANA FENOU” the National output was on 25 May 2009. We can imagine the impatience of his many fans
In his show, Kamel El Harrachi shares with us what we call the family tradition. Accompanied by six musicians, banjo, piano, drums, violin, bass and tar, the young man with the mandola knows how to share the good mood. Ululations burst from the audience, hand clappings give the rythm or disappear leaving free space for a two-way dialogue between the mandola and banjo, or a voice modulation … A meeting with Warmth and friendliness.
On stage, Kamel performs few of his favorite father songs, unique texts written by his father and some of his own compositions. Kamel recorded his first album, eagerly awaited, “Ghana Fenou” and is preparing his second album scheduled for 2014. Kamel El Harrachi is a part of young musicians generation committed to Chaabi and devoted for its development. He also introduced a bass, a piano and congas on some tracks. He also worked on the orchestration, and writes his own lyrics, which reveals like the old ones, “social state”. ” chaâbi talks about people’s life , society, exile, betrayal, love …” he said
At the end of the show, Kamel El Harrachi sings the rough “Ya Rayah” getting the crowd to sing along. Some young women get up to dance, the audience are wanting more, and musicians offer them one last song. A young emergeant artist, a future master of a popular genre that is not likely to disappear, chaabi.
Chaabi and the Mediteranean Tradition:
Famous popular music, the Chaabi is prominent in Kamel El Harrachi show. Chaâbi means “popular” in Arabic. It is in the maze of Algiers Casbah that born this national music genre, which is the popular side of the erudite music outcome of the great medieval Arab-Andalusian culture . Among the precursors, many musicians like Cheikh Nador, Sheikh El Hadj Mohamed El Anka and also Sheikh Hasnaoui.
Chaabi is a widespread music style in North Africa, particularly in Morocco and Algeria. a street Art of the suburbs and the daily life, It is inspired by the oral poetry inherited from qasida and other Bedouin epics. Although Chaabi is a very lively music, dancing and festive, it also tells the story of different periods of time, artists are also inspired by present-day topics (love,the relationship mother inlaw – daughter in law, unemployment…). It can also be compared to “Blues”.
The show offered by Kamel El Harrachi is firmly rooted in the Mediterranean culture, in which the chaâbi is related. His concert is a meeting between French and Algerian musicians from both shores of the Mediterranee that put together Arab Andalusian sonorities, traditional instruments such as darbuka, tambourine, the mandola, to a more Western music, with instruments like violin and piano.