EBRA is the alter-ego chosen by Khaoula Bouchkhi, a North-African artist, mostly known for her easy-talking using transculturalism and as a fierce and soulful performer (she's also a dancer and actress, see www.khaoula-bouchkhi.com) with un petit je ne sais quoi for bridging between souls just as easily as breathing.
Born in Rabat (Morocco), EBRA, which means 'needle' in Moroccan darija language, whom as a kid dreamed of becoming a Panafrican ambassador, has discovered in her sweet childhood the voice of some of the most outstanding divas like Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Mahalia Jackson, Fontella Bass, Anita Baker, Billie Holiday, Angelique Kidjo, Miriam Makeba, only to then discover her own voice while listening at first to some classic oriental divas like Oum Kelthoum, Warda and then later on to RNB star Lauryn Hill.
Currently calling Barcelona her home, her work as a singer-songwriter is produced by Jules Isaac Bikôkô Bi Njami, a producer, composer & live musician of Cameroon origins.
EBRA makes music that sounds like a road movie in modern Africa as well as the voice and reflection of the diasporic communities around the world. It evokes the homeland, the desert, the nomadic and tribal lifestyles, as well as her muse and goddesses while celebrating the warrior spirit, which she carries undoubtedly.
Her upcoming record, MODERN AFRICA I: REVERIES, due for worldwide release on the 8th of February 2018, is the first collection of contemplations and musings from an extensive body of work she has put together over the past few years, aimed at expressing herself, her sensitivity, strength and vulnerability in the face of life adversities and the beauty and ugliness of the world we live in while bringing joy, hope and an uplifting feeling to anyone who cares to listen. She has recorded it with a team of remarkable musicians in her favourite studio in Barcelona: it features, alongside fellow African producer and bassman Jules Bikôkô, the outstandingly inspiring pianist, composer and arranger Toni Saigi 'Chupi', young guitar virtuoso Pau Figueres as well as the rhythms of the wonderful Bahiano percussionist Crá Rosa.
Music is love. Marhaba.
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