Startijenn “El-TaQa” a musical creation to celebrate 15 years on stage

«For a long time, Startijenn was this band of ultra-talented teen-agers, full of energy (startijenn in breton language !), that fired-up Fests-Noz, powerfully mixing traditionnal music and rock.
These young lads brought a fresh and new sound into the fest-noz field, but also into world music. Fifteen years later the kids have grown, and their talent also. Their minds and ears open on the world, and thanks to the hundreds of musical encounters that ponctuated their musical carrier, they integrated to their original sound different inspirations drawn from music from all over the world.
Today they are celebrating their 15 years of existence with a new show, prepared in residence at the Carène, that brings the initial quintet to a nine musician all-star-band ! Thanks to the singers imput, Sofiane Saidi, they will offer new tunes to us, but also revisit the main tracks of their repertoire. With them on stage will be : Jérôme Kerihuel playing the drums (Didier Squiban, Naab), Erwan Moal on the guitar (Le Bour-Bodros Quintet) and Erwan Volant on the base (Olli & the Bollywood Orchestra).»

source : La Carène – Brest music hall

« Fifteen years after their beginnings, and after performing all over Europe, the most rock’n’roll band of the fest-noz scene decided to reinvent istelf, to reinterpret their most well known tunes for a new show called « El TaQa ». The singer Sofiane Saidi, inspired by Cheika Rimiti, Oum Kalthoum, Otis Redding, incorporates his voice and his laguage to the compositions of the breton musicians. On stage, his charisma, his rap and traditional style will surprise the audience. Between breton and algerian music, rock and hip-hop: we promise you a heated atmosfere! »

Source : Eurofonik


“El-TaQa” (THE creation by Startijenn)

The climax of the evening, the long-awaited moment, El-TaQA, eight or nine on stage, a fusion between Raï and breton music.

It is THE band that is going to attract all the attention this summer. Indeed, it can be quite difficult for a fest-noz organiser to rent such a band, this is why we are counting on the festivals but also on concert halls,… to welcome a band of this calibre.

From the first notes, the first time we heard Sofiane’s voice, we knew it was going to be powerfull !
The band was approved unanimously, OVATION.

For their 15 years of stage performing, we can see that they have skill, even though they are not even 30 yet.

Choukran, trugarez, thanks boys for this performance.»

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Tangi LE GALL-CARRE : button accordion
Tangi OILLO : guitar
Youn ROUE : bombarde & voice
Lionel LE PAGE : biniou, bombard & uilleann-pipes
Kaou GWENN : percussions


Sofiane SAIDI : singing (Natacha Atlas, Yog Sototh, Tukuleur, Naab)
Jérôme KERIHUEL : percussions (Didier Squiban)
Erwan MOAL : electric guitar (Le Bour-Bodros Quintet, Kadja, Christian Lemaître)
Erwan VOLANT : bass guitar (Olli & the Bollywood Orchestra, Hamon-Martin Quintet, Gilles Le Bigot, Sylvain Barou)


Staging : Jean-Pierre RIOU (Red Cardell)
Sound : Xavier BASSI
Lights : Ludovic LE BIHAN

« El-TaQa » is the result of two residences in may 2012 at the Carène, music hall of Brest, and in october 2012 at the Arts Centre of Concarneau.

Startijenn El-TaQa live album has been released in november 2013