WEIDORJE, formed in 1977 by two ex-MAGMA members, Bernard Paganotti and Patrick Gauthier (also keyboardist for HELDON, a group that featured Richard Pinhas) is one of Zheul’s children, probably the most faithful and the closest musically and spiritually to MAGMA. One can find a mythology close to MAGMA’s one : “the wait of a flying saucer that would come one morning take us with its new values, sane and safe”.
4376-thickbox_default-1WEIDORJE means “celestial wheel”. This word appears for the very first time in MAGMA’s album “Üdü Wüdü” in the form of a short track (4:30) composed by Paganotti and Blasquiz, the latter being the second master brain in MAGMA, along with Vander (Blasquiz achieved by the way WEIDORJE’s cover art).
For some people, WEIDORJE would be a follower to “Üdü Wüdü”, Bernard Paganotti forming his band just after MAGMA released this album. First and only album released in 1978, “Weidorje”, even if some new stuff was ready for a second album. But following difficulties to find a producer, WEIDORJE disbanded, although they were popular with the French audience. Initially constituted with three long tracks : “Elohim’s Voyage”, “Vilna” and “Booldemug” on the Ep released for Cobra, two new tracks “Rondeau” and “Kolinda” appeared on the CD reedition by Musea in 1992 (these two tracks were released live with a bad sound but the bass solo is wonderful, waving between jazz-fusion and Zheul accents).