• Yacine Boulares, Saxophone and Bass Clarinet
• Nasheet Waits, Drums
• Vincent Segal, Cello and Percussions
In 2014, Brooklyn-based French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boulares met French cellist Vincent Segal on the recording of Placido Domingo's intimate album Encanto del Mar and they decided to begin a new trio project. They chose to work with American drummer Nasheet Waits, on reimagining the forgotten stambeli repertoire. Stambeli is a healing trance music created by the descendants of sub-Saharan slaves brought to Tunisia. Boulares and Segal's original compositions form a series of variations on the legend of the hunter Abu Sadiya. In his wandering search for his enslaved daughter, Abu Sadiya danced and sang his sorrow in the streets of Tunis, thus becoming the first musician of Stambeli and personifying the memory of sub-Saharan slaves in Tunisia.
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