We’re featuring today our great Scottish violinist performing at Sahara Nights
Collaborating with Saharawi musicians in the camps remains a seminal experience for her as a musician. She also currently works as a Peaceworker for Quaker Peace and Social Witness.
This is a video of Blue Rose Code with Lizzy as violinist.
Our incredible word master for Sahara Nights is our next feature.
A refreshing and versatile wordsmith that is carving his own niche on the Spoken Word circuit, Dan paints lyrical pictures with fire in his belly and ice on his tongue. Clever wordplay, wry humour and powerful stage presence combine to deliver an insight into the skewed mind of a twisted soul. Drawing influences from Hip Hop to Folk, he traverses political, natural and abstract landscapes in search of answers… but finds only more questions. (Info from Lyrix Organix website)
Today we are featuring another great artist from Sahara Nights
The album has been completely self-produced under the advice of Jorge García and Nico Roca, the percussionist who will be accompanying Suilma at Sahara Nights. Even though not in a very obvious musical way, Suilma is committed to her Saharawi roots and has performed at numerous events in support of her people’s culture and right to self-determination.
We continue with our mini features on the artists participating @ Sahara Nights.
As a singer – with vocal training in jazz, pop and South African singing – Binisa has a distinctive approach to songwriting with compositions originating from melodic use of the bass. Ben and Greg, both also Londoners, have backgrounds in many different styles of music from funk and ska through to hip-hop, jazz and beyond. They have one album on the market,Red Storm, and are working on their next one. (Info from MySpace).
We’re doing mini features of our wonderful artistic line-up @ Sahara Nights. And we’re starting with our headliner, fantastic Saharawi singer and percussionist Aziza Brahim.
Many of her songs are influenced by the breath-taking poetry of her grandmother, Lkhadra Mabruk. Aziza’s new album, Mabruk, which will be released in June, is an homage to her and her great labour as commentator of the 16 years of Saharawi. This is a video of single “La tierra derrama lágrimas.”
Pedro Pérez Rosado
A young woman returns to her Saharan roots in Wilaya, a drama that borders on ethnographic documentary territory, with a strong feminist slant. It is the story of two Saharawi sisters, one brought up in the camps and another one in Spain, separated by more than physical barriers. A Spanish production made in association with the Sahrawi Democratic Arab Republic – with dialogue in Spanish and Arabic – Wilaya offers insight into a little-publicised world, and derives most of its dramatic pull from the charismatic presence of lead actress Nadhira Mohamed. The soundtrack of Wilaya has been composed and performed by Saharawi singer and percussionist Aziza Brahim, who won the first prize in the FiSahara 2012.
Read a review in English here.
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