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Kristel is always a family affair! Led by the energy, powerful vocals, and bass of their frontwoman, these roaring almost-thirty-year-olds, all hailing from the disadvantaged neighborhoods of the Malagasy capital, Antananarivo, love to electrify crowds. They tell the stories of injustices in the big red island, corruption, the glaring gap between the rich and the poor, youth precarity and exclusion, their hopes, dreams, and loves.
By the end of 2018, the success of their debut album “Irony” established Kristel locally and quickly propelled the band into the big leagues. Since then, our three little devils have been touring and making connections around the world, with over a hundred concerts under their belt in Madagascar and internationally.
2020 was supposed to be the year of acceleration for Kristel, with a new EP planned for early spring titled “Let’s Be Happy,” followed by a tour that would eventually be canceled, like all the others… But that didn’t stop them! They swiftly returned to Madagascar and immediately resumed work in the musical laboratory. All the ingredients are there: the rock energy of their origins, a sack filled with new inspirations from pop, trip-hop, rap, and electro. In addition to that, there was an unexpected collaboration with Adam Clayton (U2), who advised them throughout the mixing and arrangements, as well as Gregory F., a musician from Iggy Pop’s band (on the album “Free”) and Leron Thomas, who contributed some bass and guitar lines. Produced in France last fall, the result of these new experiments is called “Take It Easy” and will be released on May 28th: a fresh mini-album, a whirlwind full of passion and lightness that delivers its messages with determination without ever taking itself too seriously, in the pure Kristel style.