Aziza Brahim

Western Sahara

     

One of the strongest African musical phenomenon, the so-called desert blues is represented by an outstanding female musician Aziz Brahim.

Aziza comes from Western Sahara, an area plagued by civil war that was originally a Spanish colony and which got occupied by Morocco in 1975. She was born and raised in a refugee camp where many of her nation´s people still live in harsh conditions without any hope of improving and changing their status.

Aziza Brahim is a representative of a different desert blues than that played by Tuarean male groups. Her music is similarly hypnotic, but the rhythms come from Western Sahara, Mali and Mauritania. The melodies are more varied and richer, influenced by the Arab culture that spread in North Africa and the ethnically mixed group of Sahrawi (Saharans), from which Aziza comes from. Her work also includes elements of music from countries where Aziza lived during her life, that is, from Cuba, where she studied, and from Spain, where she has been living and working since 2000. The lyrics of her songs reflect the culture and the uneasy fate of her nation.

Her latest album, Abbar el Hamada, released in the famous Glitterbeat Records, has landed on the first place of the top-notch World Music Charts Europe (April and May 2016), and occupied positions in the top ten of Transglobal World Music Chart for several months (it was second in March 2016). For example, Aziza Brahim performed at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London (2009), had a live concert at the BBC (2014), and at major international festivals including WOMAD Cáceres (2012), WOMEX in Budapest (2015) and Reeperbahn in Hamburg (2019). In 2009, she made it to the final of Freedom to Create competition, the competition that focuses on the role of art in combating oppression. In 2012, she won at the Málaga Film Festival for the music she composed for the film Wilaya.

Aziza Brahim (vocals, tabla)
Guilem Aguilar (bass guitar, acoustic guitar, mandola)
Ignasi Cussó (acoustic and electric guitar)
Pep Mendoza (acoustic guitar)
Aleix Tobias (drums and percussion)
Sengane Ngom (sabar, tama, djembe)

Albums:

EP Mi Canto (2008)
Mabruk (2012)
Soutak /”Your Voice” (2013)
Abbar el Hamada (2016)

27th Sept. 2019, 8pm, Ateliér Babylon