interview with Djmawi Africa

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Have any of you played in other bands? Yes all of the memebers had previeous expriences in band or project with diffrent style  from classical musique to heavy metal :-) 
How is it that you started playing music? the project strat in 2004 the majority of the band members were   neighbour and went to same school the project strat in the university
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Issem Bosli : Lead vocal Guiatre 
Fethi Nadjem : viloin Mandole and kora
ABdelaziz EL ksouri ( my self) : lead guiatre 
Amine lamari : trumpet , flut, percussion 
Mohamed shihadeh : sxophone clarinette 
Nazim Ziad : drum 
Karim Koadria : base 
Zohir Benlarbi : percussion  
Have you had other previous members?
yes 
Djamil ghouli : lead voval ( Left in 2014) 
Mehdi kerbel : percussion left in 2008
mourad Rahal : Drum left in 2010
Hafid abdelaziz : DRum Left in 2012 
Did you make music even when you were young? yes for the majority of us  
Where are you from? Algiers 
What year did the band form? 2004 
What's your style of genre? Its mix of all our influences ou composition are done with every one and every one should satisfy at the end of course lot of concession are done 
What inspires you? music from everywhere 
How often and where do you reherse? it was very hard to find it during the 10 firsts years we tried all the options garage, youth establishment of the cities in 2016 we create our own studio that is also open for the youg band who can rent it www.sous-sol-box.com 
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? we have signed with a french booking agency in 2017 we are expecting to have more concerts in the world the name of the agency is tartine  https://www.tartine-production.com/djimawi-africa
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? sous sol is now our own label also  
What made you decide to make this music? just our feelings !  
What are your songs about? lot of social topics and how we are living it political situation and hopes  
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? no ruls we are working all together in general guys come with idea that we all work on it to became songs  
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? generaly the music  
Do you compose in a certain inviroment? not particular  
Have you done any covers live? yes at the begining we did  
What language do you sing in? Algerian, french,   
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? from 50 to 20 000 !  
What ages are most of your concert attendants? 15 -35  
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? depending on the period but we always prepare a show according to our releses  
Do you have a regular place you play live often? not to much places to play in algeria are few  
What was your first gig like? university event  
What was your latest gig? France Paris December 2017 
Have you had to cancel a gig? no 
Where have you played live this year? in 2017 : France, Canada, Ivory cost , Algeria , Burkina fasso 
Where do you plan to gig the comming year? Moroco, ALgeria =, france , Canada , Green coast 
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? 2014 t shirts, goodies  
Where can people buy your merchandise? concerts 
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? well i think that music industry shuuld be drived by the live music not records i think we should think in diffrent way, with new technologies its now impossible to follow it,  
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? people should go to meet people on live to live with the music and this good for the artist when you see that records from the golden ages are provding so much moneay for some artist who did one song ! this not fare  
What do you think of my work? i dont know it :-) 
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? its always good to have poepole talkning about us maybe some one will read it like it look for us and we will be very happy  
Do you have any role models or idols? a lot  
Why do you think that they exist? because they do  
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? both we are working alot in tradionnal music from our countries and we find f=very interesting things !  
What have been your biggest obstacles? time  
What advice would you give other bands or artists? perserverence  
How do you get psyched for a gig? we are always happy to play  
Do you have any new material? new album is under preparation 
What are your web sites? www.djmawiafrica.com 
How can people reach you? facebook, web site ,instgaram, tweeter 
What are your plans for the future? new album and big tours 
Do you have something to add? its the longuest interviw that i had to answer to :-) nothing to ad you ask all the possible question or maybe that we want to play in Sweden  it will be very cool ! 
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