Sahara Soul returns to the Barbican this September with the next generation of North African nomadic musicians
Last year, Bassekou Kouyaté, Tamikrest and Sidi Touré performed a sell-out show at the Barbican for Sahara Soul: this year’s guests look set to do the same. Having just released her international debut album Tzenni, Mauritanian Noura Mint Seymali is known for her commanding vocals set to the Moorish griot music of her ancestors. Fellow female headliner Aziza Brahim (pictured) is another talented singer, dedicating her music to the Saharawi cause and fusing Saharan traditional music with blues, folk and Spanish rhythms she has encountered as a refugee. Also performing will be Nabil Baly Othmani, bringing both Touareg and Algerian styles to the table.
Amid this next generation of Saharan music, however, there will also be a performance from trailblazers Tartit – the Malian group from Timbuktu who formed in an Algerian refugee camp in 1992 and gained fame in the mid-90s, which paved the way for fusion bands like Tinariwen. Touareg desert music at its most traditional, it has much in common with Friday’s concert as a whole – led, as is customary, by women.
Tickets are now available on the Barbican website.