If last year’s sold out Sahara Soul concert honoured Mali’s diverse musical traditions with Bassekou Kouyate, Tamikrest and Sidi Toure, this second instalment opens the doors to a new generation of artists who proudly represent the musical heritage of nomadic communities in this mystical region of North Africa.
Young Mauritanian singer Noura Mint Seymali is the daughter of Dimi Mint Abba – the ‘Diva of the Desert’. Noura fuses ancient and modern Moorish influences, blending psychedelic guitars and transcendental grooves with impassioned, commanding vocals. Barcelona-based Aziza Brahim is the granddaughter of Al Khadra, the legendary ‘Sahrawi war poetess’. With a hauntingly beautiful voice, Aziza is today recognised as one of the most talented singers to emerge from Western Sahara.
Nabil Baly Othmani is a native of Djanet, a small town in the heart of the Sahara that eventually became part of Algeria. Son of the iconic singer Baly Othmani, Nabil has been nourished by a mixture of Touareg and Algerian musical styles, a unique crossroad which is reflected in his music. Tartit, a Tuareg band from the North of Mali, showcase their original and female-driven form of Tuareg desert blues.
More artists to be announced.
'Through her music, Aziza is trying to re-awaken awareness in this seemingly forgotten conflict. Brahim has a sonorous voice with just a touch of desert grit, accompanied here by an acoustic band of guitars, electric bass, percussion and tabal, the Saharawi hand drum ... Hers is certainly a voice worth hearing.' ???? Evening Standard
'This is music with space for dreaming... Tartit deliver the white light, white heat of the desert.' The Independent