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Alsarah & the Nubatones

 

Aziza Brahim

SONGLINES

"Aziza Brahim, the most important voice for the Saharawis"

* Top of the World

 

fROOTS

"She just gets better as she goes along. What a beautifully executed and mature piece of work. The spirit of protest music is alive and well and has rarely cast such a spell."

* Album of Choice

 

With deep passion and grace, Aziza Brahim's music adeptly travels the expanse between her Western Saharan roots and Barcelona, the European cosmopolis where she now lives. Aziza is both a contemporary sonic poet and a prominent and eloquent spokesperson for the Saharawi people and their ongoing struggle for recognition and justice.

Born and raised in the Saharawi refugee camps lining the frontier between Algeria and Western Sahara, Aziza’s life has been marked by both daunting hardship and inspired will. Fleeing from these camps and the regime of political oppression that followed Morocco’s 1975 invasion of Western Sahara, as a young teenager Aziza travelled to Cuba for her secondary school studies. There she experienced first hand the deep Cuban economic crisis of the 1990’s and the subsequent denial of her request to pursue a university degree in music.

Music had been Aziza’s passion since she was a small girl and despite this setback she returned to the Saharawi camps in Algeria and began singing and playing in different musical ensembles, a process that continued when she moved to Spain in the year 2000. There she founded the eclectic Saharawi/Spanish band Gulili Mankoo with whom she released two acclaimed self-produced recordings: the EP “Mi Canto” (2008) and an album “Mabruk” (2012) both on Reaktion, a French label specializing in Saharan music. In the last years Aziza has performed extensively appearing at major festivals and venues including WOMAD and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

Aziza’s new album Soutak (“Your Voice”), her debut for the Glitterbeat label, is her first recording to predominantly focus on the cadence of her majestic voice and the soulful critique of her lyrics. The album was produced by Chris Eckman (Tamikrest, Ben Zabo, Dirtmusic) and was recorded live and direct in Barcelona in June of 2013.

Innovation, naked truth, humility and political outcry: these are the raw materials of Aziza Brahim’s ever expanding musical vision. On her last album Abbar el Hamada (Glitterbeat, 4th of March, 2016) she fuses and fashions these elements into an unforgettable work that is both deeply inspired and deeply inspiring. A convincing example of Aziza's pan-musical vision and her greatest record.

Booking in agreement with Dérapage Prod.

ALBUM "ABBAR EL HAMADA" - 2016 - Glitterbeat Records

Line-up :

Aziza Brahim - Vocals, Tabal

Guillem Aguilar Nolis - Bass

Ignasi Cusso Ruis - Guitar

Nicolas Roca Gomez - Drums