Monday, 14 September 2009

Aziza Brahim in concert

AZIZA BRAHIM at The 7th London African Music Festival
When: Saturday 12th September | Queen Elizabeth Hall | 7.30pm |
Where: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
Born in a refugee camp in Algeria , she grew up in Cuba and now resides in Spain . She embodies the new voice of the Saharawis in their fight for independence. Her songs evoke the sorrows of exile and the longing for freedom. She combines all these global influences to create spine tingling music. Aziza is leading a cracking band that drops Latin rhythms alongside desert blues without missing a beat.
Cathrin's perspective: Not knowing what exactly to expect (true, I could have checked her MySpace page or YouTube for that matter), I was more than pleasantly surprised when Aziza introduced her first song in Spanish to us. Her voice is unique and strong; her appearance gentle and authoritative at the same time. Since my Spanish skills are close to none, I was glad to hear one of the lead guitarists to (very charmingly) translate not only Aziza's words but also the meaning she tried to make understood. Spanish accoustic guitars matched with various North African drums entertained us for one and a half hours, setting the mood to celebrate the Sahrawi cultural identity, the fears and pains of the refugees, and the hope of the Sahrawis to eventually return to their Motherland.

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If you missed it, this is Aziza Brahim with Hijo de las Nubes (Source: YouTube)

1 comment:

  1. Stefan Simanowitz wrote a contribution on the singer and "modern-day nomad" for The Independent. While I stood rather timidly in the corner, Stefan got wonderful quotes from the source:

    “The songs I write are based on my own suffering” explains Brahim, “but they are also a reflection of the suffering of my people. Those living in the refugee camps, under occupation or in exile.” AND “I live the life of a modern-day nomad. But I am a Saharawi. Being nomadic is in my blood.”

    Read it here: