AMAR SUNDY

AMAR SUNDY

 Paris, Île-de-France, FRA
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"Musically speaking, Amar Sundy creates a unique musical world, a subtle mix of traditional blues and North African sounds, as if one could not survive without the other." F. PFEIFFER

Biography

AMAR SUNDY

SAHRAOUI BLUES

I was born among proud people, in the invincible desert, aware very early of the strenght of nature that rules everything

Born in the Sahara region of Algeria (Hoggar), Amar Sundy is a descendant of a long line of Tuaregs ; In the early sixties he moved to France with his family and grew up in the suburbs of Paris.

In his late teens he travels back to Algeria in search of his roots. There, meeeting a French traveler guitarist, picking expert, Amar find his vocation...

Back in Paris, he discovers the tremendous richness of the American Afro-Blues music, thanks to his friend SUNDY… "… When he chose to leave us, I took his name so that it would live on…” Then Amar becomes Amar SUNDY.

ln the mid 80's, he plays ins the Parisian clubs “LE BAISER SALÉ” “LE SUNSET”, LE DUC DES LOMBARDS” where you can see him playing with Memphis Slim, B.B. King…

From 1985 on, Amar Sundy becomes a regular performer on the Chicago Blues scene. Everything started in Paris with the encounter of Jimmy Johnson and an invitation to the “windy city". He stayed above a club named "The Blues". Amar jams with legendary players such as John Littlejohn, Otis Rush, Son Seals, Sunnyland Slim, Big time Sarah.

He tours in the States with James COTTON and makes two European tours with Albert King ("Kid, you ain’t European, you're from Mississippi" pretty nice compliment, isn't?), and with Albert Collins,

1990 marks the year of its first album "Hoggar-Chicago-Paris", recorded live in studio. Amar Sundy is a composer-songwriter and interprets his pieces in French, English and Tuareg.
He tours then, during 3 years: Jazz Festival of Montreal, Francofolies of Montreal, Quebec Summer Festival, Arezzo Festival in Italy, Barcelona Blues festival, Winston Legends Festival...
One sees it in first part of Albert King, Van Morrison, Robert Plant or Khaled.

In 1998 after five years of experimentation and search “Homme Bleu” delivers a new musical style based on the fusion of the Chicago Blues and the Berber rhythms.

In 2000, appears “Live and Blues” the first album live of the guitarist-singer.

With "Najma" that comes out in 2004 on the label Dixiefrog, the maturity of this alchemist of the styles takes form and its long way to a definitively personal style, is concretized with talent.

In 2006, Putumayo Records features "Ouallache" (a track from « Najma ») in its compilation "Blues around the world”.

March 2009, is the release date of his last CD “Sadaka” (Sahraoui for “sharing”), a blues odyssey under the stars of the African desert! With blues still running through his veins, he revisits his African roots in a rich rhythmic and vocal context, filled with bendir drums and female voices - Special guests : Eric BIBB, PURA FE’, Joe Louis WALKER, Khalil CHAHINE, Lisa DOBY, Sylvin MARC and Mokhtar SAMBA.

Discography

1990 - HOGGAR - CHICAGO - PARIS
1998 - HOMME BLEU
2000 - LIVE AND BLUES
2004 - NAJMA
2009 - SADAKA

Set List

L’HALEM –
LILATI
SAHRAOUI
SADAKA
EL HATHAB
LINA
EL HAMAMA
SEGHIA
DEBHIA
CAMEL SHUFFLE
MEN'NA
HANY JAÏ