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Khadija al Bidawiya: Queen of Al-Aita Marsawiya

Posted February 24th, 2011 at 9:27 pm (UTC+0)
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Hello again!  I am happy to announce that, after a brief hiatus, African Music Treasures is back with a new design—let me know what you think—and more musical gems to share with you.  First up: the long promised Khadija el Bidawiya feature. Khadija el Bidawiya was born in 1953, in Ben Msik Sbata, the densely […]

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Khadija al Bidaouia Teaser

Posted June 1st, 2010 at 8:34 pm (UTC+0)
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I first heard the music of Khadija al Bidaouia back in the mid 1990s and I soon became obsessed with her strident voice and the rhythmic punch of her music. Fifteen years later my love for her music has not diminished. I have just returned from a trip to Morocco, and am pleased to report […]

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Rockin’ Rouicha

Posted July 22nd, 2009 at 7:14 pm (UTC+0)
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The late 1980s and early 1990s ‘World Music Boom’, when a decent selection of African music first started to appear in non-specialist shops in Europe and the United States, helped many artists reach new audiences; I can still remember the excitement of discovering Youssou N’dour’s 1990 release ‘Set’. However, despite its many successes, the ‘World […]

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Sufi Sounds

Posted September 16th, 2008 at 7:05 pm (UTC+0)
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Over the last forty years there has been a growing interest among European and American scholars and seekers in Sufism, the mystical dimension of Islam. In particular, many musicians and music-lovers have drawn inspiration from the musical rituals that serve as roadmaps for the many Sufi paths to enlightment. Today, for example, recordings by artists […]

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