on 28 September 2003
We first heard Lo'Jo by chance, passing through Chalons-en-Champagne a couple of summers ago. In the main square we discovered a festival of 'Music from here and elsewhere', and that pretty well sums up Lo'Jo's music. Take a measure of cabaret-style French chanson, add some lively gypsy fiddle, a startling array of African and Arabian instruments, soprano sax, and a solid rhythm section, and you have an exotic mix which really can take you elsewhere. The gritty voice of Denis Pèan is a perfect foil for the soaring harmonies of the sisters Nadia and Yamini. These songs ebb and flow, with constant surprises. If you like Orchestre Baobab or Les Negresses Vertes, then Lo'Jo could be for you.