Free Concert: MC Rai and The Dunes live in Union Square

Come see MC Rai and the Dunes at this free live concert in Union Square!

The Dunes is a North African fusion group. That is, it's a Chaabi Funk Gnawa Rock Berber Metal Arab Reggae Groove Machine. The group is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and its members hail from North Africa and Northern California. Singing in Arabic, Amazigh, French and English, The Dunes mix original compositions with Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian favorites. Songs of love and life, exile and hope, faith and transformation come alive in the Dunes' slamming live set to get dancers dancing, thinkers thinking, and groovers grooving.

The six-piece group augments a basic rock band ensemble with the Algerian mandol, the Moroccan Gnawa guinbri, and various North African percussion instruments. The Dunes' musical mélange takes inspiration from North African and French fusion bands such as Orchestre National de Barbès and Gnawa Diffusion, but with a rockier edge. They sound something like if Gary Moore, Mokhtar Samba and Bootsy Collins formed a rai band produced by Matoub Lounes and Robin Gibb, honed their chops on the Tunisian wedding circuit and debuted at the Gnawa Festival in Essaouira.

The band's line-up features Karim Amrani - mandol, vox; Reda Bouali (ex-Rascass, the first Algeiran metal band) - guitar, vox; Anis Sehiri - keyboard, vox; Tim Abdellah Fuson (wrote the first PhD dissertation on Gnawa music) - bass, guinbri, vox; Nasser Addi – drums; Jan Padover – darbuka. They have performed at Bay Area venues (Coda, El Rio, Rockit Room, La Peña, Ashkenaz) and community events sponsored by the Arab Cultural and Community Center, Asylum Access, Middle East Children's Alliance and UC Berkeley's Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

In 2010 The Dunes released a CD of three tracks from their album-in-progress, "Casbahpolitan." Recorded in Oakland with Juan-Manuel Caipo (Bang Data), the disc features a guest appearance by Gift of Gab (Blackalicious). The Dunes host and perform at the monthly "Arabian Nights" event the last Thursday of every month at El Rio in SF.

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  • Laurie

    just could not make this. hope you all had a wonderful time! see you at Uncle Saleh's lesson on Sunday.

    June 27, 2013

  • sally

    Hello, I was there but didn't know who, what to look for. Enjoyed. Hope to see them again soon.

    June 27, 2013

  • Farah Jahan Siddiqui B.

    Hey everyone! I'm sitting in the front row and I'm wearing a cresm-colored hat. I'm seated to the right of the stage.

    June 26, 2013

  • Laurie

    hope it doesn't rain on this parade! still planning on going....but WHERE to park??

    June 25, 2013

    • Farah Jahan Siddiqui B.

      Laurie take BART. That's the easiest. Parking near Union Square is expensive. the Moscone Center garage is really big and cheaper than the lots near Union Square but you need to walk a bit. If you want to park fairly close to Union Square, you can park at the parking garage at 5th and Ellis. But BART is the most economical option.

      June 25, 2013

    • Farah Jahan Siddiqui B.

      There is a garage right at Union Square but it's really expensive.

      June 25, 2013

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    A former member

    it is too bad the event is in the middle of the week on a business day. I have to work :(

    June 20, 2013

  • Laurie

    this sounds amazing! i really hope i can make it into s.f. for this.-- a bit of a stretch in the mid-day time slot...but i am hoping.....

    June 20, 2013

  • Vanessa

    Absolutely can't wait...I'm excited to learn that Dunes is inspired by Gnawa Diffusion...look forward to being there next Wednesday.

    June 18, 2013

  • sally

    I LuV the Dunes! So bummed I missed the show at La Pena

    June 18, 2013

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