The Nights of Ramadan in African colors

From The Music in Africa site:

An eclectic program with soul, blues, Amazigh, Malian, Moroccan, Congolese… ultimately African sounds! This is what this 15th edition of Nuits du Ramadan is offering, organized by the networks of French Institutes in Morocco.


A virtual edition, health crisis obliges, posted online on the Facebook pages of the 12 Institutes (Casablanca, El Jadida, Essaouira, Fès, Kénitra, Marrakech, Meknes, Oujda, Rabat, Agadir, Tangier and Tetouan) every Thursday at 10 p.m. from April 15. Honoring African roots, the Festival will invite the public to discover artists from the continent of international and national renown, and young emerging artists from the Kingdom.

Starting with the singer-songwriter and performer Jihane Bougrine , who explores in a background of reggae, soul and folk-rock and embellished with touches of favourite local instruments (bendir, 3oud or even derbouka) her states of mind, her madmen laughs, his rants, his madness, his injuries and the colours of his life this Thursday, April 15, 2021.

Burkina Faso-born balafonist Mamadou Diabaté, who comes from a traditional “Jeli” family of musicians who make music and tell stories about the people of Sambla. His virtuosity is remarkable – some say he would have more than two hands. Explicit techniques allow Mamadou Diabaté to play balafon solos, which gives the impression that three balafonists are playing together. It will air on Thursday, April 22, 2021.

On Thursday, April 29, the programmers give carte blanche to the IFM studio. The rehearsal studio made available by the IF of Rabat to professional artists, in the process of professionalization or amateurs, who will present a jam evening.

There is also a new Amazigh scene with the Tarwa N-Tiniri. If the music of Tarwa N-Tiniri conveys the sounds of a nearby desert blues, it also refers to the nomads of the mountains and is aimed more broadly at all the Berber communities scattered in the north of the African continent. Listen to Thursday, May 06, 2021.

Finally, the group  Jupiter and Okwess , the most rock sound of the Congo will present their latest album Lothar on Thursday, May 13, 2021. Jupiter is one of the geniuses hatched in the megalopolis of Kinshasa. His music can be qualified as an experimental trance, mixing Congolese rumba, afrobeat, soul, funk and the sound peculiarities of 450 Congolese ethnic groups.

Agadir TV about “Ansuf”

Read the news in Arabic

The band “Tarwa N-Tiniri” recently released a new music video titled “Ansuf”, which means “Welcome”.

The band relied on traditional Amazigh heritage in the video to publicize this precious cultural heritage.

The band says that the new work expresses the depth of welcome of the Moroccan people in general and the Amazigh people in particular to all the peoples of the world. The song also carries the message that the Amazigh people welcome all the peoples of the world, regardless of their differences, whether their ethnicity, religious or cultural heritage.

The young band added the song Ansuf is an announcement for the debut album of the band, which will be released on the date of November 08, 2019 and titled Azizdeg – and means clarification: the sense of removing dust from some events and some feelings and feelings and show them for what they are.

It is noteworthy that the band recorded her first album in their career in Ouarzazate in the southeast of Morocco.

What distinguishes this album is loaded with new melodies in desert blues genre mixed with spiritual music rhythms of the band’s creativity, with words and social topics of interest to the listener about the history and the lives of the Amazigh people from the past and present.

In the recording of the album, the band, along with electric guitars, introduced the banjo and other instruments of Amazigh cultural heritage, as the first band in Morocco that mixes banjo in desert blues with a special touch that distinguishes the band from the other bands.



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