Aziza Brahim – Western Sahara

Welcome return to St Ethelburga's for Sandblast a UK human rights charity promoting the voices and visions of the indigenous Saharawi from Western Sahara through the arts.

 

Rare visit to UK from, Aziza Brahim, regarded one of the most talented musical voices from Western Sahara. She was born in the Saharawi refugee camps, but spent many years studying in Cuba. This influenced her music, an innovative blend of traditional Saharawi hawl, West African rhythms and Latin Jazz. Singing in Hassania, the native language of her homeland, and Spanish, Aziza has been a fantastic ambassador for the Saharawi cause, dedicating all her singing to her people.

 

Many of her songs are influenced by the breath-taking poetry of her grandmother, Lkhadra Mabruk (remarkable film about Khadran Marbuk screened before Aziza performs, info below). Aziza's new album, Mabruk, which was released in June 2012, is an homage to her and her great labour as commentator of the 16 years of Saharawi war.

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