Oum el Ghait Benessahraoui, better known simply as Oum, is a true Moroccan diva and is celebrated as the new great voice of Morocco and as an ambassador of the multi-faceted culture of her homeland. She delivers an inspired album blending Moroccan influences with jazz and soul. While she already has two previous releases under her name, Lik'Oum and Sweerty, this is the first to be internationally distributed. The multifaceted singer, composer and lyricist brings plenty of talent to the table on this CD alongside her accomplished bandmates. Her core ensemble includes flute, saxophones, acoustic guitar, double bass, drums and percussion. Electric guitar, electric bass, oud, oboe and English horn make occasional appearances throughout, often accompanied by Oum's steady qarqab and castanola playing. In her music, which is deeply rooted in the musical traditions of her country, she balances Gnawa rhythms, Berber music and the sounds of Saharaouis with contemporary elements such as soul and jazz. With her self-confidence, the music has also grown, which expresses a critical view of the present and a clear vision for a prosperous future. "My music has a political dimension," she says. "My message: As a woman, I can be emancipated and free in a Muslim, Arab, African country like Morocco."
Oum El-Ghait Ben Essahraoui – vocals
Yacir Rami - oud
Damian Nueva Cortes – double Bass
Habib Meftah Boushehri - percussions
Camille Passeri - trumpet
Chepe – saxophone & arrangements
Der Erlös dieser Konzerte geht an den Verein Weltweitwandern wirkt, der damit die Gebärdensprachausbildung von Lehrerinnen in der Ecole vivante in Marokko finanziert.
Eine gemeinsame Veranstaltung mit Gamsb'Art/Graz