Tan Tan is a drab administrative centre of around 70,000 inhabitants. Because it’s part of a duty-free zone, along with the rest of the Tarfaya Strip and Western Sahara, a lot of shops sell goods such as radios, computers and electric razors. Aside from its moussem (see Tan Tan Plage), Tan Tan’s one claim to fame is that it was a departure point for Hassan II’s famous Green March to occupy the Western Sahara (La Marche Verte, or el Massira el Khadra).
Hamid El Kasri is a Moroccan performer of Moroccan Gnaoua style. He was born in 1961.
Hamid’s grandmother’s Sudanese husband was a virtuoso of Guembri also called haj’houj. Hamid El Kasri discovered Gnawa Sufi style at the very age of seven.
Later on, his powerful and clear voice made his first steps in musical scene very easy. In only few years, Hamid El Kasri became one of the most important names of Moroccan Gnaoua style. His popularity grew beyond borders and his talent won unanimous recognition.
Hamid El Kasri is an inescapable artist of Gnaoua Festival of Essaouira.
Nabyla Maan (Arabic : نبيلة معان ) is a young Moroccan singer-songwriter, born on December 6, 1987 in Fes, Morocco.
Nabyla recorded her first album in 2005 “D’nya”, in which she sings in Moroccan Arabic, Classical Arabic and French, including two reprises of Nass El Ghiwane’s famous songs “Allah Ya Molana” and “Essiniya”. Her album was sold to hundreds of thousand copies and allowed her to be showcased in concerts in Morocco and Europe. At age 19, she was the youngest Arab and African artist to perform at the Olympia music hall in Paris. (wiki )
Here ist the title song of her first album ” D´nya ”
A song in tribute to the city M’hamid El Ghizlane and its Festival of Music Taragalte desert and the World, including Oum was the godmother of the fourth edition.
This video relates all the highlights of this trip in the Moroccan desert. Shared with the people of hamid times, but also with artists from Mali (Tartit), Mauritania (Noura Mint Seymali), France (Nico Wayne Toussaint).
The 2012 edition of Taragalte Festival theme was Women of the desert.(youtube)
In the 70s, Morocco has experienced through five musicians, trained in the school of the street and decided to break with the invasive Oriental languor, a musical explosion that was to be for young people the cry of their desires, frustrations and their revolt.
Their repertoire is drawn from the crucible of culture and the Moroccan and Arab-Andalusian poetry, but also in religious texts from leading religious figures in Islam.
They have been called “The Rolling Stones of Africa ”