Weaving and reweaving, an interactive musical experience

Weaving and reweaving, an interactive musical experience taking place in 5 different regions in Québec: Kamouraska, Matapédia, Chaudière-Appalaches, Centre-du-Québec and the Eastern Townships

DESCRIPTIVE:

Weaving and Reweaving, an interactive musical experience, consists in helping citizens to come together with music as a facilitating agent.

On the program:

  • A program of regional ambassadors who will be the local spokespersons for the project. The regional ambassadors will help promote local events but above all mobilize the citizens of their community. This approach also helps to develop a culture of sharing while valuing the contribution of the respective communities.
  • Compilation of data for the subsequent production of a rural manifesto for intercultural rapprochement to which citizens will be called upon to contribute.
  • Audio-visual documentation of the exchanges for the production of video clips that will be made available at an ulterior date.
  • Musical presentation, exchange and workshop between the musician of the project, Othman Wahabi, La famille Mélanger (in some areas) and citizens during public events.

MUSICIAN BIOGRAPHY:

Othman Wahabi is a Moroccan-Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and music producer. Born in Casablanca on September 26, 1983 where he spent the first twenty years of his life before moving in 2005 to Montreal in Canada.

Othman is best known for his slide guitar playing, smoky vocals and eclectic blues records which often blend African American blues, with melodies from North and West Africa as well as other influences such as reggae, jazz, rock and folk music.

While some of his compositions are marked by deliberate versatility, other songs stay true to the traditional acoustic roots blues formula.

Lyrically, Othman tends to focus on spirituality and engaged subject matter. Some common themes in his music are racism, the unity of peoples, poverty and the need for redemption.

Other Projects: Othman is also the founding member of blues rock garage band Othman Wahabi & The Blues Punk Machine and Moroccan alternative punk collective Raging Indigenous.

Influences:

Ali Farka Toure, Abdelmajid Bekkas, Hassan hakmoun, John Lee Hooker, John Hammond jr, Ry Cooder, Nass al Ghiwane, Idris Muhammad, Burning Spears, Peter Tosh, Santana, Chris Rea, Yusef Laten, Boubacar Traore, Tinariwen and so many others.

https://othmanwahabi.com

La Famille Mélanger  

La famille Mélanger is an open musical formation whose members come from various origins interpreting songs in different languages with a very particular style and mixing several musical instruments and their voices. The objective of the group is to promote the integration into Quebec society of immigrants and people of various cultural origins through the universal language of music.

PARTNERS:

MRC de la Matapédia

MRC de Kamouraska

Municipalité de Saint-Alexandre

Café des 3 cloches

Actions Interculturelles de Sherbrooke

Carrefour emploi Lotbinière

Corporation de développement communautaire du Haut-Saint-François

Art et Culture Haut-Saint-François

Diversité culturelle du Haut-Saint-François 

QUOTE:

« The main reason I’ve dedicated my life to music is the power it provides to build bridges between people. It doesn’t matter the color of their skin, their religion, their orientation or even their political affiliation. That’s why I’m delighted to come and share my art with you. Because in the end, what brings us together, is stronger than what divides us.» Othman Wahabi