Oriental French Rock Band Les Boukakes - Live in Concert at Calcutta: Free Entry

[LES BOUKAKES Live In Concert in Kolkata, India]

Calcutta, March 29, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Consul General of France & Alliance Francaise du Bengale present LES BOUKAKES EN CONCERT on Tuesday 5 April at THE HYATT REGENCY, KOLKATA Regency Ballroom Lawn at 8 pm.

Since the creation in 1998, the adventure of the band LES BOUKAKES has been shared with about 20 musicians and singers coming from all over the Mediterranean sea.

Their name itself is a reply to some of the less than friendly comments they received in their time on the streets, ”Boukake” being a phonetic mixture of two typical racist insults. But for them, that did not have anything of degrading, because the “ Boukake” was born during the long trip of exile, a rich child of the world and its prohibited loves. Without making ostensible political comments in their songs, this deliberate attitude says something for their resistance to bias and ignorance generally.

After a few years, from the street to bars, from small concerts to festivals, they finally met their audience, sharing the stages with famous bands like FEMI KUTI, MANU DIBANGO, TARAF DE HAÏDOUKS, RIMITI, NATACHA ATLAS, RACHID TAHA, MANU CHAO and others…

In 2001, they recorded the album MAKACH MOUCH’KIL (No Problem). That first work got a great reception from the media. The lyrics with oriental melodies harmoniously swing on musics either Rock, Groove, Electronic, Rai, or Gnawa.

But it was in 2004 that their music (raï n’rock) was spotted :

They won professional prizes (FAIR, Découvertes Printemps de Bourges..) and an European TV channel, ARTE, chose to follow their development for documentaries.

They celebrated the end of the year with the release of a brand new album BLEDI.

The Raï and Rock Music of that album proves that the combination of Orient and Occident is possible and it can be Happy !

From 2005 to 2008, to share that new album with the audience, the band is on tour with more than 150 concerts in 20 different countries. Notice their participation at the Festival international of Jazz of Montréal, the Paléo festival, the WOMEX 2005, the Sziget Festival, Sakifo Festival, Amsterdam Roots Festival, Timitar Festival Morocco etc…

They have been nominated for The BBC Awards For World music 2007.

In 2009 they recorded their 3rd album MARRA (co-prodused with Philipe Eidel and Franck Redlich).

Festival Folk Music (Vancouver 2010) India Tour (Bombay, New Delhi etc..2009) festival Islamico (Portugal 2009), festival Colors of Ostrava (Rép. Tchèque 2008), festival World Village (Finlande 2008), festival Rawafid (Maroc 2008), festival Paléo (Suisse 2007), festival Timitar (Maroc 2007), festival International de Jazz de Montréal (Canada 2007), festival Les Suds à Arles (France 2007), festival Sziget Budapest (Hongrie 2006), festival Kavala (Grèce 2006), festival Sakifo (La Réunion 2006), tournée Allemagne (Berlin, Rudolstadt.. 2006), festival Musiques Métisses Angoulême (2006), festival Amsterdam Roots (Hollande 2006), tournée Italie (Rome, Milan.. 2006), Womex Newcastle (Angleterre 2005), festival les nuits méditerranéennes (Maroc 2005), festival Mosaïc aux Mureaux Paris (2005), festival Dunya (Hollande 2005), tournée Espagne (Madrid, Séville.. 2005), Strictly Mundial Istanbul (Turquie 2004), festival Les Méditerranéennes Céret (2004), festival Printemps de Bourges (2004) etc…

DISTINCTIONS : Nominated for BBC Radio Awards 2007 World Music, découverte Printemps de Bourges 2005, FAIR 2004

2008- Album ‘’Marra’’ (Mimouna Prods)
2004- Album ‘’Bledi‘’ (Mimouna Prods/Mosaïc)
2001-Album ‘’Makach Mouch ‘kil‘’ (Coca International /Mélodie)


Free Passes available at Alliance Francaise du Bengale – 217 AJC Bose Road and at the Hyatt Regency, Kolkata.
9830779779 (Rahul –Alliance Francaise du Bengale)
9748195596 (Murshed – Littlei)