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Angers, France (1982 – present)

Lo’Jo are a group of France-based musicians, performing and recording a blend of world music with strong North African as well as French folk elements.
The band was founded in 1982 in Angers, France by singer/keyboardist Denis Péan and Richard Bourreau (violin/kora). These two have remained central to Lo’Jo throughout their history. For several years, with a rotating cast of members, they played events locally, working with acrobats, street theatre, mime, dancers and film as part of their overall presentation. They have subsequently maintained a communal lifestyle, based in Angers.

By the end of the 1980s, they were playing throughout Europe and had appeared in New York as part of an artists’ collective. Including Nicholas ‘Kham Meslien (bass) and Matthieu Rousseau (drums) (later replaced by Franck Vaillant), they consolidated their line-up, and their first album, Fils de Zamal, was released in 1993. In 1995 the group added Berber singer/saxophonist Yamina Nid El Mourid and her sister, Nadia Nid El Mourid, who brought a strong North African influence to the music. In 1996, the new lineup recorded Sin Acabar, and 1997 saw them complete Mojo Radio, both with English producer Justin Adams. Upon the latter’s release they found more acclaim in the world music community, getting them on the WOMAD circuit.
In 1999, they journeyed to Bamako, Mali, to begin work on Bohème de Cristal. While in Mali, they became involved in the organization of the Desert Music Festival held in January 2001. They have also collaborated with a wide variety of musicians, including Tinariwen.
In 2002 they released the acclaimed Au Cabaret Sauvage (originally issued in France as L’une des Siens). This was followed by a live album Ce Soir Là (2003), and a new studio album Bazar Savant (2006). In 2009 they released the album Cosmophono, and toured in the UK.

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  • Nabuchada

    Lo'jo, c'est à chaque notes un subtil voyage musical et culturel... des instrus magnifiques, des textes métaphoriques chantés dans plus d'une dizaine de langues... Bref.... MAGIQUE. Sur scène le groupe dégage un charisme et une telle harmonie que cela vous fait remonter des souvenirs enfouis..... Lo'jo est une thérapie.

    21 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Dorkauvaure

    Magnifique musique.

    19 Dec 2011 Reply
  • vadino

    Sur scène : tout simplement énoorme.

    27 Aug 2010 Reply
  • podrescu

    great music, got turned On by Blackfire compas outta Az., Salut !!

    8 Jul 2010 Reply
  • ange-dechu

    j'adore sa c'est de la VRAI musique

    2 Aug 2009 Reply
  • elsimondark

    <3

    16 Aug 2008 Reply
  • pmcpieter

    Anyway it's nice! @rob6679 don't talk about lutjebroek, I know this tiny village and there's nothing wrong with it, either with Uppsala or London... just enjoy..!!!

    13 May 2008 Reply
  • rob6679

    ... and in Lutjebroek or Boerestronkeradeel?

    25 Apr 2008 Reply
  • tigerbalsam

    ...and in Stockholm or Uppsala?

    7 Oct 2007 Reply
  • lastard

    When are you playing in London? :D

    11 Dec 2006 Reply

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