AZMARI fuses psychfunk, afrobeat, ethiojazz & dub on new EP

Brussels 6-piece ensemble Azmari are set to release their debut EP entitled ‘Ekera’, via groove-heavy imprint SDBAN Ultra this May.

The band members are Arthur Ancion on drums, Basile Bourtembourg on keyboards, Jojo Demeijer on percussion, Niels D’haegeleer on bass, Mattéo Badet and Yohan Dumas on saxophone.

Formed in Brussels in 2015, the group share a common love for African and oriental music as well as funk and dub. Their sound also draws on influences from Temiz, Herbie Hancock, Cymande, The Heliocentrics, Fela Kuti, to name a few.

The 6-track EP was recorded in a rented room in Brussels in just three days, the title ‘Ekera’, means ‘the other world’.

Across the release you’ll hear deep hypnotic sounds that blend asymmetrical rhythms with winding improvisations, “We love to jam, we jam a lot and our music comes from that”, says drummer and bandleader Ancion.

Listen to the middle eastern sounds and devilish rhythms of the opening track ‘Dolmus’ above.


  1. Dolmuş
  2. Dört Buçuk
  3. Emnete
  4. Mammouth
  5. K’aïsita
  6. Taksim Dub (Metta Frequencies remix)


Ekera EP is out on 05/05 with SDBAN Ultra. Pre-order from Bandcamp.

CF Smith

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