WILD BIRD

by Idriss El Mehdi

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The incomparable groove of Keziah Jones, the warm voice and mythic slides of Ben Harper and the profound mystique of maalem gnaoui Mahmoud Guinea in a single project : afro-gnawa soul has finally revived and fused with original blues, replacing the double bass and electric bass by a heavily amplified guembri. Sounds crazy ? Not for Idriss El Mehdi, who in his first LP « Wild Bird » forges blues-funk of a rare modernity and finesse that pays homage to the ancestral music of descendants of African and North American slaves.

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released April 22, 2013

Idriss EL Mehdi & The Bladi Band are :

Idriss El Mehdi : Lead Vocal, Guembri, Steinway Piano, Korg MS20 (track 1, 6, 7) Percussions, Bck Vocals
Benjamin “Harper” Coursier : Electric Guitar, Dobro, Ebow
Kevin “Nice Shoes” Serpaggi : Acoustic Guitar
Oussama “Cachichi” Chraibi : Percusion
Karim “Mahjik” Mahjoub : Drums, Backing Vocals

Guest Artists :
We humbly thanks them to join the story
Tony Allen : Drum (track 8)
Milo Lee : Backing Vocals (track 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9)
Amine Mohamed Taoufiq : Backing Vocals (track 5)
Yacine Bennani : Vocals (track 6)

Produced by Idriss El Mehdi & Philippe Vandenhende
Arranged by Idriss El Mehdi
Recorded by Philippe Vandenhende at so many lovely places : Studio de la Reine, Lockout Studio, Claudia Sound Studio, Studio Ecuries, Studio Tabaskko
Additional engineer & technical support : Thomas Bonneau
Additional Recording by Maxime Lefevre & Jeremy Delvallée
Mixed by Philippe Vandenhende at Money Penny & Lockout Studio
Masterised by Jean-Pierre Chalbos at Studio La Source

Cover Photo by Hedge www.hedge.fr
Art & Illustration by Tom Payeur

April 2013

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Track Name: No Problem (Longue Verse)
Words by Pierre Grillet / Music by Idriss El Mehdi

Do you have a problem ?
Tell me what’s your problem ?
Everybody has one
But your brotha’ says it’s not my problem

That’s a big big problem
Problem everywhere
That’s a big big problem
Problem sur la terre
I know how to fix everybody’s problem

Let the big big people
Have big big problems
& Let the small people have
No problem at all

But there is a problem
The one and the only one
Everybody knows
Air is the only thing we share

That’s a big big problem
Problem everywhere
That’s a big big problem
Problem sur la terre
I know how to fix everybody’s problem

Let the big big people
Have big big problems
& Let the small people have
No problem at all

But it’s not very fair
The small small people
Have big big problems
And the big big people have

No problem at all
Track Name: Kill The Beast
Words & Music by Idriss El Mehdi

I can’t see you my friend
You’re hiding behind your fears
I can’t hear you my friend
Cause you lost your voice the day you gave up
Why should I, why should I listen to your lies ?
Why should I pay attention to your despair ?
So, You’d better Kill the Beast
Kill The Beast

‘Cause you contrive & shape this kingdom
Of hate and loneliness
You sold your soul to evil
As you sold your brothers and sisters
Why should I, why should I spare you ?
How could I, how could I forgive you ?

So, Kill The Beast…

Now you come & cry to me
Begging for help
Calling for redemption
That could save you from fire
But there’s nothing left in your garden
But brambles & nettles
There’s nothing left in your garden
But brambles & nettles
I could forgive you my friend
‘Cause you never knew what you were doing
But don’t count on me to feed your creep
There’s only one way for you to come back
There’s only one way for us to welcome you back

So, Kill the Beast

I can’t see you my friend
You’re hiding behind your fears
I can’t hear you my friend
Just kill the beast
Track Name: Wild Bird (Longue Verse)
Words by Lyly M / Music by Idriss El Mehdi

You're trying to take control of my mind
But i still get my spirit
You're trying to take control of my body
But i still get my soul, my soul
When will this stop, I can't take it anymore

I've been waiting so long so many years
For you to understand i was different
You’ve put me into a jail of medecines
You held me as if i was dangerous
You can't see who i truly am
Because of your ignorance

I am a wild bird, wild bird held in a gold cage
Still i can whisper to the moon and the stars
I am a wild bird, wild bird held in a gold cage
Still i can see the sun and the clouds, wild bird

My head up, my eyes wide open
From ashes to dust i always come back
Strong and proud i am the phoenix
You can't see who i truly am
Because of your ignorance

I am a wild bird, wild bird held in a gold cage
Still i can whisper to the moon and the stars
I am a wild bird, wild bird held in a gold cage
Still i can see the sun and the clouds
I am a wild bird, wild bird held in a gold cage
Still i can whisper to the moon and the stars
I am a wild bird, wild bird held in a gold cage.
Still i can wistle to the moon and the stars.

I am a wild bird held in a gold cage.
Track Name: Guembaia
Words by Teofilo Chantre, Milo Lee & Idriss El Mehdi /Music by Idriss EL Mehdi

Canta Toca Dança Senhora Dona, Samba da Baia
Canta Toca Dança Ritmo De Gnawa, Transe Gnawa

Africa Baia Tem Magia
Louvaçao De Santo Devoçao No Canto

Please feel free to dance with me
Do you wanna get in transe with me
Leave behind you all your misery
And feel free child to dance with me

Africa Baia Tem Magia
Louvaçao De Santo Devoçao No Canto.

People are dancing, Gnawa
& people are living, Baia
& people are crying, Gnawa
& i don’t know what i’m feeling, Baia

People are living, Gnawa
& people are suffering, Baia
People are crying, Gnawa
But all i know is that i can heal it

Africa Baia Tem Magia
Louvaçao De santo Devoçao No Canto.
Track Name: Goddamn The Pusher Man
Words by Milo Lee & Idriss El Mehdi / Music by Idriss EL Mehdi

Goddam the Pusher man
Pusher man you gonna fall
The devil only wanna take my soul
Goddam the pusher man
Pusher man, I’m not your son
I aint no friend, I don’t like you at all

Repeat

I don’t wanna be, don’t wanna be like you
I don’t wanna live, don’t wanna live like you
I don’t wanna think, don’t wanna think like you
I don’t wanna be, don’t wanna be like you

Goddam the Pusher man
Pusher man you gonna fall
The devil only wanna take my soul
Goddam the pusher man
Pusher man, I’m not your son
I aint no friend, I don’t like you at all

He sales you dreams to take away
He’ll trick your mind with easy ways
U betta think twice before he comes your way
He sales you dreams to take away
He’ll trick your mind with easy ways
Like a prisoner you’ll belong to him someday

I don’t wanna be, don’t wanna be like you
I don’t wanna live, don’t wanna live like you
I don’t wanna think, don’t wanna think like you
I don’t wanna feel, don’t wanna feel like you
I don’t wanna be, don’t wanna be like you.
Track Name: No Problem Feat. Tony Allen
Words by Pierre Grillet / Music by Idriss El Mehdi

Do you have a problem ?
Tell me what’s your problem ?
Everybody has one
But your brotha’ says it’s not my problem

That’s a big big problem
Problem everywhere
That’s a big big problem
Problem sur la terre
I know how to fix everybody’s problem

Let the big big people
Have big big problems
& Let the small people have
No problem at all

But there is a problem
The one and the only one
Everybody knows
Air is the only thing we share

That’s a big big problem
Problem everywhere
That’s a big big problem
Problem sur la terre
I know how to fix everybody’s problem

Let the big big people
Have big big problems
& Let the small people have
No problem at all

But it’s not very fair
The small small people
Have big big problems
And the big big people have

No problem at all
Track Name: One O One
Words by Lyly M & Idriss El Mehdi / Music by Idriss El Mehdi

Yin and yang, taurus and bull
We can melt, we can fuse
Spirit and soul, horse and knight
It's one heart, beating and singing

Heat and fire, earth and wind
We can sing, we can fly
No boundaries, no chains
We are free, we are us, one o one

I take the blues out of my mind
When i feel your love
I take the blues out of my mind
When i feel your love

One and one, two people, two horses
We can be as long as we are we
Free to love, free to share
Free to be free, free to be we, One o one

I take the blues out of my mind
When i feel your love
I take the blues out of my mind
When i feel your love