Ibrahim Maalouf plunges into his new adventure S3NS (his 11th studio album) with the impertinent freedom that only independent artists can still afford.
This self-produced collection follows the same logical sequence of creative artisanal construction as all Ibrahim Maalouf’s previous albums, with striking Latin American influences from the very first track.
In the past, Ibrahim has the chance to work with many South American artists including the Chilean Ángel Parra – son of the great poetess Violetta Parra – with whom he recorded a whole album more than 17 years ago, and Lhasa De Sela, whose incredible Mexican-American voice who charmed the whole world on The Living Road. Along the way, Ibrahim has also worked with a number of Cuban artists, including Raul Paz, Ernesto Tito Puentes, Omar Sosa and Ibeyi, to name but a few.
On this new album, Ibrahim is surrounded by highly talented guests, notably three virtuosos from the new generation of Cuban pianists – Harold Lopez Nussa, Alfredo Rodriguez and Roberto Fonsec – as well as the saxophonist Irving Acao and the violinist and singer Ylilian Canizares.
So S3NS seems like an obvious move. Not really jazz, not exactly pop and sometimes rock, Ibrahim Maalouf offers us hybrid, fresh, nostalgic but always unclassifiable music…
The real thing from Maalouf, with plenty of Latin flavour!