Afrotronix's electro Saharan blues is driven by Chadian Canadian guitarist Caleb Rimtobaye. The Montreal-based producer formed Afrotronix in 2014 as a concept encompassing an afro futuristic approach of electronic music production. Heir and builder of a long musical tradition, Afrotronix's art brings the musical tradition of Chad back to the fore. Afrotronix has won several international prizes including best artist at the Hollywood and African Prestigious Awards (2022), best African electro (2019) and best African DJ (2018) at the All Africa Music Awards.
His unique sound is a new wave in the Afrobeats and Amapiano 7.0 tinged with Chadian saï, Senegalese mbalax, Haitian compas, West African Mandingo roots and electric Touareg blues, and transported on a juggernaut loaded with deep house, dubstep and techno grooves.
His collaborations includes artists like Baaba Maal, Youssou N’dour, Salatiel, Lorenzo Jovanotti and Mbongwana star Brian Kennedy (Rihanna, Chris Brown). His next album Future Tribe dives into electro Saharan blues showcasing an avant garde image of Africa and Canada. Recognized for these daring musical mixtures and wearing the DOM, the helmet, symbol of an updated ancestral knowledge, Afrotronix is the first Chadian personality to experience international success, becoming at the same time a leading figure in Chadian culture.
Discovered at the AFROPUNK festival in Paris, the music and art of AfrotroniX appeal to the people who want to redefine an Africanity that leads to a bright future, holding a powerful message of peace, inclusion and unity.
“AfrotroniX is a character who belongs to the futuristic Afro world of electronic-pop music”. The Afro-futurist concept is embodied on stage by the artist, who wears a helmet that mixes ancestral traditions with a vision of African music in the era of digital creation. The show is an explosive collage of rhythms, full of energy, transporting the audience from the first chords into the soul of a futuristic African continent. The band is composed of Caleb Rimtobaye (lead singer, DJ, electric guitar), Aston Rimte (drums, percussion), Elli Miller Maboungou (percussions) plus master choreographer, Afro-urban dancer, Axelle Munezero. The live show includes elaborate visuals presenting a “New Africa,” and it has been gaining worldwide awards and fans steadily since the release of the first album in 2017.
Throughout his career, Afrotronix has connected not only with audiences, but with politicians and contemporary philosophers. The band stands at the top of the Chadian star system, and is celebrated as a superstar in his home country for being the first Chadian artist to receive such a strong international success. His humanitarian works precedes him, while Afrotronix is named in the top 100 of the most influent African public figures. The conductor, Caleb Rimtobaye was able, on several occasions, to demonstrate his capacity for organization in self-productions in Canada and Chad with the Peace in Sahel tour N'Djamena(18,000 spectators), Abeche (20,000 spectators), Koumra (22,000 spectators), co-productions (LiveNation, Center Phi) and participation in international events such as Carnival de Recife (about 100,000 spectators), Rock Al Parque (about 100,000 spectators), Chicago, (up to 10,000 spectators), five shows at the Jova Beach Party in Italy (50,000 spectators each concerts), Ollin Kann, Mexico City (up to 30,000 spectators), Etno Sur (about 10,000 spectators), Afropunk Paris , 100% Africa at La Villette in Paris and others. In addition, Caleb Rimtobaye has participated as conductor of the H'Sao group.
On April 19, 2021, Chad, the home country of Caleb, lost its president, Idriss Déby Itno. Riots were organized against the new transitional government, fearing the late president's son's ambition for power. To respond directly to the wave of hopelessness that was wrecking the youth, he decided to create an African tour for peace and stability in the Sahel region. This tour, called in French « PAIX AU SAHEL », featured a series of giant concerts around Chad and the Sahel, sending a powerful message of peace, inclusion and unity to the beleaguered youth of the country. Gathering between 15,000 and 20,000 people at each show, the tour united people from the north and south; Muslims to Christians, Sara people and Gourane people, Arabic and Ngambaye speakers in a powerful, socially-engaged electro-youth movement. The stage welcomed many artists from the regions, men and women, singers, musicians, dancers and designers, to visually celebrate that the youth in Chad is full of uniqueness, drive, and talent. This tour was the first event of this size in Chad and will keep rolling on a yearly basis.
An opinion leader through his art, AfrotroniX is the emblematic figure who inaugurated the New Africa France Summit in Montpellier. He is also the leader of the Les Aunties project, a musical project with direct social repercussions for banking access of Chadian women.
Speaking six languages, having his native roots in northern and southern Chad, growing up in N’Djamena and Montréal, AfrotroniX is the perfect reflection of the multiculturalism that brings humanity to another level of connectivity. His music repertoire comprises two albums, several successful singles and a new album revealed for Spring 2023. The first single was released on October 14th. The full album will be released Winter 2024.
This year, AfrotroniX plans to tour in North America Europe, and Africa with a mass African tour in February 2024.