Artist Spotlight: Orange Blossom

Name: Orange Blossom (Orange Blossom)

Members: Carlos Robles Arenas, Pierre-Jean Chabot & Hend Elwary

Genre: Electronica & World 

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Artist Biography 

Orange Blossom is a French band that plays a mix of electronic and world music.

The band was formed in Nantes in 1993 with Pierre-Jean Chabot (known as PJ Chabot) on violin and Jean-Christophe Waechter (known as Jay C.) on percussions and vocals. In 1994, Éric (organ) joined the band and a first audio tape was recorded in September. In 1995 the band stabilized with the arrival of Carlos Robles Arenas on drums, djembé, and sample, and the departure of Éric. Their first disc, Orange Blossom, came out in 1997 on the Prikosnovénie label, selling 15,000 copies.

Before their second album came out, the group was influenced by ethnic and traditional music. They met and collaborated with several non-French artists, like Ivorian percussion group Yelemba D’Abidjan and Egyptian group Ganoub. They toured in Egypt, France, and Belgium. Vocalist Jay C. left the band in 2000 and created Prajña. In 2002, percussionist Mathias Vaguenez and vocalist Leïla Bounous joined the group. The album Everything Must Change came out in 2005 on the Bonsaï Music label.

 Carlos Robles Arenas is Mexican. Leïla Bounous is part Algerian, part Breton. She later left and Hend Elwary from Egypt, joined the band in 2014.

Their third album, Under the Shade of Violets came out and they are presently touring throughout France and some dates are planned in the UK in the summer.

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