The 12th International Jazz Festival, Dimajazz, was inaugurated "spectacularly" Saturday evening by US guitarist Eric Sardinas who heat has up the scene since the first sound of his resonator guitar.
Organized this year in Zouaghi neighborhood, on the heights of the Constantine, the festival started with Eric Sardinas and his band, Big Motor, who gave a big dose of blues and frenzied rock to a delighted and enthralled audience.
The magic was there since the first moments and sounds. Accompanied by bassist Levell Price and drummer Bryan Keeling, a real drum machine, Eric hoarsely sang "Find my heart", "Down to whiskey", "Texola", "All I need" and several other hits from a repertoire that the public seems to know and appreciate.
Lengthily applauded at the beginning of each song, the singer and his band transported the public for nearly two hours into the world of blues in the pure tradition of Chicago, described as "simple and complex" in the same time. In the backstage, Eric said he was "delighted" by the welcome that the public gave them.
"The music, whatever it is, remains a universal language," he said.
The first part of the show of this 12th Dimajazz was given Mamia Cherif and Jazzarab. Performing for the first time in Constantine, Mamia, swinging from Arabic to French, then Spanish and, moving from a rhythm to another sang ‘‘Un soir de bal’’ (ball evening), ‘‘Whatever Lola wants’’, ‘‘Ma’âlich’’ and other songs, mixing the sonorities of the Orient and the Occident.