Winners of the 2013 Songlines Magazine Best Group Award and touring on the back of the success of their acclaimed album Cinema el Mundo, music’s great explorers Lo Jo’s have been producing some of the most luscious and intoxicating world-infused songs for three decades.
“Thirty years of travelling with open ears has given Lo’Jo’s sound a unique richness. They play funky dubbed-up chanson, raw yet intricate, with a bewildering variety of influences. It adds up to a brilliant whole that scorns classification.” The Guardian
The band was born on the margins, in and around Angers, the city that slumbers securely in a crook formed by the Maine Scene one. Anjou bred big dreams in Lo’Jo, dreams that have transported these musical adventurers to every point of the compass, and back. Their music box is full of sounds and instruments that are thickly plastered with the labels of their travels; The southern Sahara, where they helped to organise the very first Festival in the Desert in 2001, and subsequently launch the international career of the Touareg poet-guitarists Tinariwen; Tbilisi and the Caucasus, where their Babel Caucase caravan stopped over en route to Chechnya; The Reunion Islands in the southern Indian Ocean, just one of Lo’Jo’s many homes from home; not to mention all the places where the band have simply plugged in, to both the local grid and the local human fiesta, and performed…Agadir, Adelaide, Chicago, New York, Buenos-Aires, Katmandou…the list is long and varied, bewilderingly so. “I come from a region where there is no specific musical culture, no folklore,” Péan says. “So I make fire out of every kind of wood.”
“Lo’Jo have created a unique, instantly recognisable sonic signature by absorbing a myriad of influences rather than letting those influences dominate.” Songlines
“a unique style, mixing the poetry and chanson of soulful singer/keyboard player Denis Paén with the sophisticated, attacking, vocals of two Algerian sisters, Yamina and Nadia Nid El Mourid, along with taut, rhythmic backing and the inspired violin work of Richard Bourreau.” The Guardian
Come enjoy these true troubadours and travellers of all the world’s less trodden tracks at Band on the Wall.
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