Paris, 9th may 2006. Europe Day ... If the existence of this event is a good thing by itself, it still cruelly lacks from content. One remedy exists though: turn on the stereo, delicately insert the new Alma CD « Grad Lluge Koje Projage, L'île des gens qui passent » , open your favorite atlas on the Eastern Europe - Balkans chapter - and let yourself be carried away on the roads of Europe.
This is not enough? The reality of the landscapes, the perfumes, the faces are missing? Then you just need to get on the Fabulous Balkan Tour. Departure from Paris on the 1st of june and arrival in Lyon on the 21st. Meanwhile, the 6 musicians of the parisian reggae salsa band Alma will preform in Slovenia (3
concerts), in Hungary (2 concerts), in Serbia (3 concerts) then in Bosnia-Herzegovina with concerts in Sarajevo, Mostar and Banja luka, and finish their tour with two gigs in Switzerland (Mels and Frick) and the Music Day in Lyon.
« We really wanted to organise this year a tour in Europe, says president of the Mostar-Style association (which produces Alma), Grégory Gendre. After the various events we organised this year in Paris1 and the tours we had made before in Europe2, we really expected to go on the roads again.These trips correspond simultaneously to the spirit of the band and to the objectives of our association: show the richness and diversity of the cultures in Europe. »
To make this tour a success, Alma worked with its numerous local contacts that were met throughout their previous trips. From Tuz Raktar, a former industrial center transformed into a multicultural artistic exchange place in Budapest, to Ask Sarajevo, an association who's objective is the promotion of local artists while at the same time helping Bosnian youth to open to Europe by making foreign bands come to play in Sarajevo, the Fabulous Balkan Tour is first and for all born from encounters.
« On stage, we search from the same sensation of diversity. Playing in Budapest or Sarajevo is a real challenge for a young band. You have to re evaluate everything and move while progressing through the encounters with local musicians, says Bruno Sinou singer and leader of Alma. Artistically, it is a real thrill, and this pleasure is reflected on our parisian audience. When we come back from these kinds of tour, the effects of our encounters on our sound does not go unseen. »