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Watcha Clan

Watcha Clan
Wednesday, September 30, 2009; 8:00 p.m.
MCLA Venable Gymnasium

Co-presented with the Student Activities Council

** Special $10 ticket price for all who have attended the Mayoral Debates.**

Be ready to dance as we take a musical trip around the world with the eclectic stylings of Watcha Clan. 

True nomads in the world of music, and based in Marseilles, France, Watcha Clan searches for space and freedom.  With a socially progressive agenda and a complex tapestry of musical styles, they combine Eastern European melodies with Algerian blues, cherifian grooves and hip-hop to form music that sings with the freedom of traveling people.

Paper Cliche will open at 8pm featuring MCLA's very own Mike Martin.  And our friends Elf Parlor and Inkberry will be hanging out with us all night- with information and some treats!

"Watcha Clan is one of the most exciting bands I've seen on the world music circuit.  They were controlled chaos in action- at times sounding Balkan, others Brooklyn and then Egyptian.  There were also Moroccan rhythms and Sufi trance mixed with the electronica.  For all the reasons I've mentioned this shouldn't work- but it does.  It is the talents of these musicians and their magentic and charismatic presence that makes it so." - NPR Music 

Watcha ClanIt's been ten years since the music of Watcha Clan started moving to the rhythm of the waters of the Mediterranean. The ten year watershed has marked a new start for the band. The party continues...
This fluid scene's distinctive electro sound powers the clan into new territory. Speeding forward through frenetic rhythms or rendering homage to their roots, the clan, a real family embodied in the voice of Sista K, never forget their destiny or their mission.

Always on the move, Sista K's family history is intimately entwined with her music. She's Ashkenazi through her mother and Sephardic and Berber through her father, an Algerian independence fighter who was French before he was born (an 1870 decree gave French nationality to the Jewish population of Algeria). She could have been born in the land of Israel, where her parents met, but saw the light of day in the shadow of Marseille's Bonne Mère. La Belle de Mai, La Busserine, Le Merlan are all inextricably part of her personal geography; her own Bermuda Triangle in which she could never loose herself and which helped forge the consummate woman she is today. "Back then," she says, "in the northern quarters of Marseille, no-one cared who was Jewish and who was Muslim. We all lived together, and life was always stimulating."

Altruistic dealers in cultures and humanities, they juggle rhythms and languages (French, Arabic, Hebrew, English) to the beat of the memories they have, the people they meet and the places they see. From the Eastern European melodies Karine's mother sang to her when she was little to the chaabi, the Algerian blues Nassim the "khouya" (brother) from Oran, a friend and collaborator since 2003, introduced them to, from the cherifian grooves of Amarg Fusion to the burning lyrics of the Bourbia brothers, the MCs of Tox from Oran, to the hip-hop kick that appeals to Clem, the clan's music man and sampler extraordinaire.  "It gets us involved, it motivates us," Ka and Clem say in chorus. "We saw where our road was leading, and we've been on that road since." They're free and committed, and above all, they are nomads.