EBRA is the alter-ego of 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 wanted to become 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 and Miriam Makeba to name a few, 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.
The music EBRA makes 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, its deserts and fertility, the tribal and nomadic life, 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 release in 2017, 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 and her sensitivity, strength and vulnerability in the face of life adversities and the beauty and ugliness of the world we live in, as well as 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.
MODERN AFRICA I: REVERIES