“My ancestors call me. I respond to their voices, they say it is the reason behind the struggle. It is my only inheritance, an ancient treasure, a star that has traveled through the ages. It is the soul of my homeland.” Through these words, a people's secret is revealed, the story of the life and soul of the North-African band TIWIZA.
TIWIZA is a secular Amazigh (Berber, North African nomad people) tradition, based on the notion of solidarity. It is the chosen name and philosophy of the Franco Algerian group founded in Toulouse (France) in 2012.
A great fusion full of percussion rhythms, chaâbi riffs and nomad desert blues, powerful arrangements and engaging lyrics... with rock 'n' roll spirit. As a live band above all, TIWIZA offers popular music deeply rooted in African soil, while naturally fusing tradition and modernity. Delivered in three languages, the message is one of an ancestry that proclaims its thirst for liberty and its right to exist. Through the lens of the Amazigh's struggle for survival, Tiwiza extends its criticism of injustice around the world.
Sofiane Aït Belaïd : Vocals, Mandolin, Guembri
Laurent Mollon : Bass
Mous' (Aymeric) Kounta-Boé : Drums
"Paco" François Labat : Percussion
Victor Gonin : Guitar