Aziza Brahim

Western Sahara / Spain - Folk

Some of the rawest, most poignant music is born out of the grimmest of circumstances. That’s certainly the foundation of Aziza Brahim’s art, the singer having been born and raised in the Saharawi refugee camps of Algeria to which her family was displaced following the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara. Her songs, redolent of her dust-dry homeland but further embroidered with West African colours, are proud and defiant missives, delivered by Aziza’s beautifully undulating voice. Constant themes are borders and walls, of the structures that divide, that dominate everyday existence. “I’m not able to separate politics, cultural and personal concerns,” she admits. “So the focus of my music is all of these areas at the same time.” Although Aziza is now resident in Barcelona, her pen certainly hasn’t become blunt. If anything, the view from this safe European home has allowed that sense of injustice to become even sharper.



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