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.

Zagora News writes about “Ansuf”

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One of the most important parts of Amazigh culture and North African culture, in general, has always been music.

Tarwa N-Tiniri from the city of Ouarzazate launched a video with a creative touch, titled “Ansuf”, and means “Welcome”.

The group, according to bandmember Mohamed El-Mobaraky, add the traditional Amazigh heritage in the video to introduce the cultural heritage of Amazigh. They want to express how sincerely welcomed people are – and they want to show it in the Moroccon and the Amazigh way.

The spokesman added, “Zagora News,” that the song carries with it a message that the Amazigh people welcome all the peoples of the world, regardless of the type of disagreement between them, whether racial, religious or cultural – it is a desire to communicate and spread love and peace.

“By mixing culture with music, we can make the humanity aware of the culture with good differences, love and to be open to all cultures,” El-Mobaraky said.

The release of the new song Ansuf is an announcement for the debut album of the band with a release on 08 November 2019, with the title “Azizdeg” – means to clean your feelings. Seeing with the eye of truth means uncovering the truth, removing the dust, and courageously facing existence.

The group “Tarwa N-Tiniti” recorded the album, which is the first in their career in Ouarzazate, southeast of Morocco, produced and distributed by Atty Record, Canada.

What distinguishes this album is that it is loaded with new melodies of desert blues mixed with spiritual music rhythms of the band’s creativity, words and social topics of interest and inspire the follower and researcher on the history and life of the Amazigh people.



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