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VIVE LE REMIX! featuring HAT with Hello Psychaleppo

  • The Cedar Cultural Center 416 Cedar Avenue South Minneapolis, MN, 55454 United States (map)

The Cedar, KFAI, and Alliance Française Present

VIVE LE REMIX! featuring HAT with Hello Psychaleppo

Thursday March 21st, 2019 / Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 7:30 PM

All Ages

$15 General Admission

This is a standing show. General Admission tickets are available online, by phone, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.

Join The Cedar and Alliance Française for VIVE LE REMIX!, a dance party featuring Moroccan-American mutlimedia artist, musician, and video DJ, HAT (Hatim Belyamani) with Hello Psychaleppo, presented as part of Alliance Française’s Mois de la Francophonie series.

Each March, more than 33 million people around the world celebrate Le Mois de la Francophonie, a global initiative led by the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie to highlight the diversity of French-speaking cultures. Alliance Française, the Twin Cities’ only French cultural center, will host events across the Twin Cities highlighting local and international Moroccan community throughout the month of March. Visit their website for more info!

I am delighted to see the work [HAT is] doing, I feel that Moroccan traditional music is a vast treasure that needs to be valued, and bringing it into the digital world as [HAT is] doing is a vital and powerful project.
— Justin Adams - Guitarist (Robert Plant & the Sensational Shapeshifters)


Since 2012, HAT has continued to unite artists in an ever-evolving audio-visual dance between traditional music and digital remix art. In his one-of-a-kind live show, HAT is as an orchestra conductor from the future, beaming traditional musicians from the four corners of the world onto a big screen, and shaping them harmoniously into new electro beats.

Like never before, you’ll see that there is but one step from the rhythms of our ancestors to tomorrow’s electro.

Growing up in Morocco, Hatim was an award-winning classical pianist, a guitarist, and surrounded by sounds of the country’s Arabic, Amazigh, and Sub-Saharan African origins. At Harvard, he studied sociology, music composition, jazz, and ethnomusicology, but found his voice in electronic music – a medium that opened doors towards unifying his eclectic influences. For the next decade, Hatim composed, produced, and performed in various solo and collaborative projects, under the moniker officerfishdumplings.

In 2012, Hatim founded remix ←→ culture, an international artist collective committed to creating new harmonious links between traditional music and remix art. Carried out with passionate collaborators, the project consists in identifying a country’s various musical traditions, then recording, filming, producing, mixing, and remixing them. Work began in Hatim’s native Morocco, a land uniquely rich in melodies and rhythms of diverse origins and influences, and later expanded to other countries, including Brazil, China, Albania, and Hungary.

In 2015, Hatim began sharing his work with larger audiences at various festivals in Morocco, as well as at the Lincoln Center in NY, where he performed live remixes of the videos shot by the collective.  Since 2016, Hatim continually premiered new video remixes at various festivals and venues in Europe (notably the Roskilde Festival in Denmark and WOMEX in Santiago de Compostela, Spain), as well as in China, Réunion, Tunisia, and Lebanon.

The project has received increasing acclaim since its inception, in countless print, TV, radio, and online media outlets.

Hatim is now shifting his attention to the diverse and rich musical heritage of various immigrant communities in NY.  A series of projects with these communities is in the works, notably one in collaboration with the world-class filmmaker Vincent Moon, which premiered in NYC in October 2018.

[Hello Psychaleppo] meticulously sources and samples rare recordings of Bedouin Arab musicians and mixes them with electronica to produce something completely original and fantastically surreal.
— The New Arab

Hello Psychaleppo

Hailing from one of the most mystical and musically rich cities in the Levant, Hello Psychaleppo is deeply rooted in Arabic music tradition, captivating listeners with melodic strains of Tarab threaded seamlessly together with the convoluted sounds of electronic music. Hello Psychaleppoʼs compelling visual presentation is integral to the live experience that engages the soul and moves the body. Hello Psychaleppo is the brain child of Aleppian music producer and visual artist Samer Saem Eldahr.

Hello Psychaleppoʼs first album Gool Lʼah released in 2013 pioneered the music genre of Electro-Tarab . The album was the first of its kind, combining Arabic music theory and rhythms with electronic music tools and sounds creating a harmonious blend that is Electro-Tarab. VICE Magazine described the music as, “A pastiche of twitchy electronic sounds and golden age Arab pop music of the 1950s and 60s. It is alternately danceable and cathartic, melancholic and apocalyptic. Itʼs Massive Attack meets Abdel Halim Hafez.” 

Hello Psychaleppo has released three full albums, Gool Lʼah (2013), HA! (2014) and Toyour (2017) creating a journey for listeners into the world of Arabic melodies, elaborate arrangements, and cathartic dance music. Andrew Cagle also recently released a short documentary about Eldahr, his pioneering of Arabic EDM, and the album release of Toyour amidst the Trump travel ban. The trailer is here, and the full length piece is here.