Sinouj is an Afromediterranean band that mixes musical traditions from the Magreb and the Middle East with contemporary Jazz, Funk, and African Music. Sinouj integrates its Arabic rhythms and modes into a modern vision of Jazz and Funk with a light electronic flavor. The group's sound is marked by its unique combination of the Saxophone and the Oriental Violin with a powerful African rhythm section as well as with its harmonic and electronic touches provided by the keyboards. The richness and originality of the project is owed to the diversity of its members' musical and geographical backgrounds: Spain, Tunisia, Nigeria, Italy
The Spaniard Pablo Hernández on alto sax has played with many different jazz, rock, funk, rai, and Arab music bands: Jorge Pardo, Javier Paxariño, Charbel Rouhana, Nass Marrakech, Wast el Balad etc. Larbi Sassi, on the violin, is regarded as one of the best performers of Arab music in the whole Maghreb, and he played in his country Tunisia and abroad, with the best bands and singers of this music.
The rhythm section is leaded by the drums of the Nigerian, Akin Onasanya. He is one of the most demanded drummers in Madrid to play jazz, funk, r&b or African music and lead the afrobeat project Ogun Afrobeat. Sergio Salvi, on the keyboards and computer programming, gives the band the balance between the rhythm and the front section, thanks to his smart use of electronics and acoustics sounds.
Finally on the bass Sinouj has counted on great bass players such as Kayode Kuti (Nigeria, bass in the Seun Kuti’s band for three years), Damián Nueva Cortés (Cuba) or Pablo Alfieri (Argentina)
Sinouj plays originals compositions written mostly by Pablo Hernández. Sometimes they can play songs from the Arab, Turkish or Spanish traditions, but always looking for a new approach, and searching new ways to communicate these different traditions from a contemporary jazz point of view.
This searching and open minded vision of the music make possible to a great range of great musicians playing with Sinouj: Jorge Pardo, Fabrizio Cassol. Sylvain Cathalà, Adedeji Adetayo, Zoumana Dembelé, Nantha Kumar or el Guadiana. This approach also make them easier to reach the audiences everywhere, and Sinouj has so far played in jazz and world music festivals in Cuba, Tunisia, Algeria, France, Portugal, Belgium and Spain.
In 2012 Sinouj is releasing his new album “Were”, featuring Jorge Pardo and Javier Paxariño as special guests. Previously the band had released a live CD and DVD called “Live at Play!” with the legendary flamenco singer el Guadiana
Sinouj est un groupe de formation afroméditerranéenne (Tunisie, Espagne, Nigeria, Italie) qui a tissé sa musique à travers les différentes traditions musicales du Maghreb, de l’Orient et de l’Afrique, en les fusionnant au jazz et au funk. En partant des rythmes issus des traditions arabes, maghrébines et ouest africaines, Sinouj combine ces éléments avec une vision moderne du jazz et du funk, et une légère coloration électronique. Le son du groupe se caractérise par l’harmonie originale du violon oriental et du sax, propulsés par une imparable section rythmique africaine. Finalement la voix du maître du chant flamenco el Guadiana nous rappelle des origines arabes de cette musique espagnole, en s'integrant très facilement dans la musique de Sinouj.