Réda Zine      رضى 

My Story

Réda Zine

is one of the true polygot musicians on the planet. Fluent in four languages (Arabic, French, Italian and English) and twice as many instruments (including the Guembri – the traditional 3-string bass of the Gnawa, the krakeb or Gnawa percussion, electric guitar and vocals), Reda is also an author, teacher and virtuoso musician, documentary filmmaker and producer of soundtracks for various documentaries. Reda was born in Casablanca and began his life as a musician and an activist there, helping to found one of the most powerful metal and hardcore scenes in the Arab/Muslim world. After completing his high school and undergraduate studies he moved to Paris where he attended the prestigious Sorbonne University, focusing on Semiotics and Communication. It was in Paris that he founded the seminal Moroccan world music project Café Mira, a mix of North African Gnawa rhythms with rock and soul. Although lasting only a few years the band would perform at some of the major venues and festivals of the new millennium, including the Elysee Montmartre in Paris, the Antiracist World Cup in Italy, and SOB’s New York, as well as numerous shows from squats to universities along the way.

After moving to Italy in 2008 Reda continued his musical research, between tradition and modern sounds with a new project, Hardonik. Not long after Reda joined the Bologna-based Afrobeat group Voodoo Sound Club, with which he recorded the album Mamy Wata. During this period he produced the Award winning documentary The Long Road to the Hall of Fame, with Public Enemy frontman Chuck D, among others. He also collaborated with Grammy-winning musician and professor Mark LeVine as well as one of Africa’s great young artists, Seun Kuti as part of a project he co-created where young Arab and Middle Eastern artists remaking some of the most political songs of Fela Kuti for an international audience on themes related to their lives. Titled « From Zombies to Revolutionaries”, the project brought together and supported artists who were censored at home and/or forced into exile including Nigeria,

Palestine, Egypt, Syria and Iran. Most recently, he was a founding member of the experimental Gnawa matrix project Fawda (together with Fabrizio Puglisi, Danilo Mineo and Brothermartino). Their first LP, « Road to Essaouira”, recorded between Morocco, Italy and England. The album won international renown, finishing in the top ten streamed bandcamp albums of 2017. Since then Reda has continued his research on African music with various productions with the Egyptian folklore group Tanboura and several Zar groups of southern Egypt along with the Ethiopian music featuring Fendika in Addis Ababa. Most recently, he began teaching the Laboratorio Musicale Gnawa , focusing on a more centered course of performance and teaching, oriented on teaching Gnawa music (rhythms, melodies and disciplines), with the aim of making Bologna the destination of « Italian Gnawa ».