Aziza Brahim

Best album 2016—World Music Charts Europe / Aziza was born and raised in a Sahrawi refugee camp! / Spokes person for human rights of Sahrawi people / Glitterbeat artist / She’s a crazy drummer

About Aziza

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Born and raised in the Saharawi refugee camps lining the frontier between Algeria and Western Sahara, Aziza’s life has been marked by both daunting hardship and inspired will. Fleeing from these camps and the regime of political oppression that followed Morocco’s 1975 invasion of Western Sahara, as a young teenager Aziza travelled to Cuba for her secondary school studies. There she experienced first hand the deep Cuban economic crisis of the 1990s and the subsequent denial of her request to pursue a university degree in music.

 

Music had been Aziza’s passion since she was a small girl and despite this setback she returned to the Saharawi camps in Algeria and began singing and playing in different musical ensembles, a process that continued when she moved to Spain in the year 2000.

 

Aziza’s new album Abbar el Hamada (‘Across the Hamada’) recorded in Barcelona in the summer of 2015 with Soutak producer Chris Eckman is a wholly persuasive example of Brahim’s pan-musical vision and is her most compelling and varied album to date.

“Grieving for the exiled thousands stranded in an inhospitable tract of Western Sahara, whose only escape is “music and imagination”. Potent stuff.”—The Guardian

 

“Abbar el Hamada by Aziza is a commanding and compassionate musical statement about, and for, the tumultuous age in which we live.”—Songlines (****)

 

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