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.

The debut album Azizdeg released

Notable previous work by the album’s label Atty Record – and Simon and Greg Record the World. Today 8th of November is a historic day for the band Tarwa N-Tiniri for publishing their debut album Azizdeg by label Atty Record, Canada.

Since 2017 the band has worked with songwriting and making the beats to the lyrics. The songs are mirroring about the real facts of life in their area. The band confirmed the songs in events, and their audience loved the music. Many asked about an album, but the chances were small to fund it alone.

The key to record the album came from Canada. Nathalie Lévesque – Marchande d’idées interculturelles, curator of intercultural projects, who introduced Tarwa N-Tiniri to “Simon and Greg Record the World”. They travel around the world, record talented artists and make videos about it. January 2019 Simon and Greg arrived Ouarzazate for recording the album. They rigged themselves to the music-garage of the band. The band had practised months together for the songs and played very tight together. After one week in Studio Garage, they finished recording the album. This intercultural collaboration was the best gift from Canada to the band from southeast of Morocco, and with their nomadic heritage, they will give their music to the world.

And now it is time to invite you on a musical journey of desert blues. Who knows where the lyrics and tones from desert and Atlas mountains will take you.

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