Mehdi Chamma, a multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer-songwriter from Morocco, draws inspiration from a wide range of music. He grew up in North Africa, immersed in it´s rich musical culture, where he was exposed to a diverse range of genres, including gnawa music, blues, jazz, rock, and Arabic oriental music. His unique warm guitar and guembri tone, original music and lyrics define his musical universe.
Mehdi´s musical voyage developed between 2006 and 2018, when he worked as a sideman of various accomplished artists from different music genres from countries like Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Turkey, Congo, France, USA and Austria. During this time he had the opportunity to perform at various festivals, improving his skills and broadening his musical knowledge. This period played a crucial role in shaping the distinctive musical style he would develop later on.
In 2019 Mehdi started a new project in Vienna, Austria, called the "Mehdi Chamma Group." Fast forward to December 2022, after years of hard work and artistic exploration, he released his first album, "Layla wa Bahr (Night and Sea)." This album was carefully recorded in a Viennese studio and includes the musical contributions of Jakob Mayr on trombone and trumpet, Erik Asatrian on keys, Michael Acker on bass, and Walter Sitz on drums.
Since the release of the album "Layla wa Bahr," the Mehdi Chamma Group has found a receptive listeners wherever they perform. Their live shows are taking audiences on a captivating exploration of sounds and emotions.