Tuesday 23 June 2020, 7.30pm
Asmaa Hamzaoui is the foremost female ambassador of Gnawa music and with her group Bnat Timbouktou, she delivers a contagious brand of evangelistic desert blues.
Gnawa music goes back in time when this population was held as slaves and it revolved around storytelling about their suffering.
In fall 2019 Asmaa released her first album Oulad Lghaba, together with Ajabu! Records. This release focuses on the part of the Gnawa tradition about spirituality. The music is about the spirit world, about life in Africa, about how we should live in harmony with nature and also about the consequences we face if we abuse nature. This amazing group of female musicians can really deliver their contagious brand of evangelistic desert blues, sung in their native Gnawan language. They break new ground not only when it comes to music, but also with regard to how they speak up for equal rights and for the preservation of traditions and spiritual practices in modern-day Morocco and throughout the world.