DD, 1993; photo by Dennis Morris
|Also known as||Great Gangsters From The Dirty District|
|Members||Denis "K'shoo" Naccache(vocals, guitar)
Yvo Abadi( Drums/Percussion)
Miguel Saboga (drums/Percussion)
Gilles "Leuji" Rodriguez (Gilles) (bass)
Igor Nikitinsky (Keyboards)
Garbis Baharian (Sampler)
|Past members||Geo (keyboards)
Frédéric Alameunière (bass)
Gilles Vidal (guitar)
Dirty District was a French fusion band, formed in 1985. They were one of the first French bands to attempt fusion rock.
The band originally formed in Sèvres, France under the name of Great Gangsters From The Dirty District (until they changed it to just Dirty District later). A vast majority of their songs were sung in English, except for the first EP and two songs on Pousse au crime et Longueurs de temps. Influenced by the likes of Joe Jackson, The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Reggae, Ska and Rhythm and blues. They released the much delayed Pousse au crime et Longueurs de temps which were a fusion of reggae, ska, punk, dub, and rap with heavily political based lyrics based on street crime, Steve Biko and fighting the National Front. Pousse Au Crime.. was noticed by fellow French Punk/World Music band Mano Negra, and the band invited them to play on their album Patchanka.
1993 and onwards
After a whole host of musicians had been and gone, Dirty District finally got a steady line-up when they released their second album Life In The Dirty District in 1993. DD showed their eclectic roots yet again on this album, experimenting with elements of Rap Metal. During this time Kshoo, Philippe, Miguel and Charlu from 'Ludwig Von 88' started a little-known side project called Les Dieux (The Gods). After taking 2 years off (most members like Yvo, Philippe, Miguel had been contributing to other French musicians) DD released the final EP Welcome To The Next Level in 1995, which included a cover of The Prodigy's Jericho, and the song Speech Over which explored the sound that would later explode in Ethnician. The band disbanded in 1996. Vocalist K-Shoo went on to do co-vocals for metalcore group Boost and then formed another metalcore/punk-metal band called Noxious Enjoyment while Yvo nowadays plays live drums for Amadou & Mariam, Philippe is a London-based musician and producer, and bassist Leuji has now his own musical career, and performs in a band of the same name.
- Denis "K-shoo" Naccache
Kshoo is the vocalist and live guitarist for DD. He also contributed vocals to Death Metal Band Boost and Punk supergroups Les Dieux, and finally his metalcore band Noxious Enjoyment.
- Yvo Abadi
Yvo (aka 'The Megasound') is an expert drummer and percussionist of the band, who joined in 1993. Since leaving DD, Yvo has contributed drums and percussions to other artists. Was last seen playing drums at Glastonbury 2009 with Amadou & Mariam.
- Philippe Lenzini
Philippe (also known as Ifif) was the guitarist after Gille's departure. He played on the Life In The Dirty District and Welcome to the Next Level . He now lives in London, has played and collaborated with various musicians including Youth, Dennis Morris, Klima, and has also been writing music for film.
- Miguel Saboga
Miguel is second Drummer/Percussionist of the band. He started drumming in The Brigades, and later does vocals on DD's song No Head, which led to him becoming the frontman of Ethnician.
- Igor Nikitinsky
Igor is Sampler and Keyboards plsyer of the group. He replaced Geo and is also in the group Ethnician.
- Garbis Baharian
Garbis did most of the sample and sound engineering on the first album, and is now in Ethnician.
- Gilles Vidal
Guitarist on first album. His spot was filled by two other guitarists, who were later replaced by Philippe.
Geo was the keyboardist on the two first album.
Fred was the bassist on the first album.
- Great Gangsters From The Dirty District EP (1989)
- Pousse au crime et Longueurs de temps (1991)
- Life In The Dirty District (1993)
- Welcome To The Next Level EP (1995)
They also appear on the French punk rock compilations À Bas Toutes Les Armées with Reggae tune Paddy Field, and Cette Machine Sert A Tuer Tous Les Fascistes ('This Machine Is Used To Kill All The Fascists') with anti racism song Blast it and more recently Rap Metal Masters with NY Crap.