Artist Profiles: Les Boukakes

Les Boukakes

Les Boukakes is made up of 7 musicians: Bachir, the voice of the band; Corsican guitarist, Thierry; Steph’ on keyboards, known as the Occitan; Bubulle, a bass player from the north; Imed, a Tunisian darbuka player; and Pascal, drummer from the south. The whole sound system is supervised by the Italian technician of the team, Massimo.

Exile gave birth to the boukake. Their name itself is a reply to some of the less than friendly comments they received in their time on the streets. Boukake being a phonetic mixture of two typical racist insults. But for them, that did not have anything degrading, because the Boukake was born during the long trip of exile, a rich child of the World and its prohibited loves. Without making ostensible political comments in their songs this deliberate attitude says something for their resistance to bias and ignorance generally.

After having mixed their origins together, they left to play music on stage – 300 concerts through France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Romany, Sweden etc..- had an aperitif and went to record the album of their dreams Makach Mouch’ kil (no problem).

The lyrics are mixed with Middle Eastern melodies, rock, groove, electronica, Rai, Gnawa and Arab-Andalusian.

In 2004 the group won many prizes (FAIR, D’couvertes Printemps de Bourges, Strictly Mundial..).


Makach Mouch’kil (Melodie, 2001)
Bledi (2005)
Marra (2008)
Punky Halal (2012)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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