Experience the singular sound of composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Abaji – in Wellington as part of his Oceania tour.
Abaji was born in Lebanon where his father, an Armenian-Greek from Smyrna, and his mother, an Armenian-Syrian born in Istanbul, met. The family immigrated to France in 1976, shortly after the start of the civil war.
Music is a family tradition. At the age of 11, Abaji started learning the guitar. Other instruments followed: the clarinet, percussion, oud, and bouzouki, as well as various flutes collected during his travels – in total, Abaji has 250 instruments in his collection.
In 1996, Abaji produced his first album, Paris Beyrouth, with lyrics in Arabic, French, and English. Other releases include Bedouin Blues (2000), Nomad Spirit (2005), and Origine Orients (2009).
Abaji performs at Te Papa thanks to the Alliance Française Wellington and with the support of the Fondation Alliance Française in Paris and the Embassy of France in New Zealand.
Find out more at the Alliance Française Wellington
Go to Abaji’s website (in French)