Special Benefit Event:
and the Mo'Rockin Project
Bouchaib Abdelhadi, vocals/dembek; Yassir Chadly,
vocals/gembre/oud; Richard Howell, saxophone; Khalil Shaheed, trumpet;
Glen Pearson, piano; Ron Belcher, bass; Deszon Claiborne, drums
Monday, July 19 | 7:30 PM | Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Tickets: $24 general | $14 students | TAKE 5!
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The first time Bay Area trumpet master Khalil Shaheed listened to
cassettes of North African melodies given to him by Moroccan singer
and multi-instrumentalist Yassir Chadly, he had a sudden insight: "They
ain't playin' nothin' but the blues!" This revelation
showed Shaheed the common ground that his own roots in jazz and blues
shared with the soulful, ancient musical traditions of North Africa.
No matter where it comes from, great music can fortify the soul and
bring people together. In the Mo'Rockin' Project, a septet
co-led by Shaheed and Chadly, the excitement of a funky horn section
and heartfelt jazz improvisation unite with the sublime sounds of Islamic
devotional music and traditional Arabic and African instruments. The
result is a remarkable fusion that captures the essence of two cultures
and delivers the best of both worlds, conjuring up "how Marvin Gaye might have sounded fronting Abdullah Ibrahim's band" according
to East Bay Express.
Without being overtly political, the energetic,
funky music they create dispels misconceptions about American and Islamic
traditions, and exemplifies the beauty that can be created when two
cultures come together in the spirit of celebration, communication,
and love. Describing the Mo'Rockin' Project's sound, bluesman
Taj Mahal said it best: "There isn't a vehicle made by man
on Earth or space that can give you this beautiful a ride!"
Profile about Khalil on SFGATE
Khalil Shaheed and
the Mo'Rockin Project – "Andalus"
Khalil Shaheed and
the Mo'Rockin Project – "Tajine"
Khalil Shaheed and the Mo'Rockin Project – "Blues
Shaheed and the Mo'Rockin Project at Yoshi's, 2009
Khalil Shaheed and the Mo'Rockin
Project's CD release party, 2006