Source: New Internationalist
Clyde Macfarlane catches up with Aziza Brahim as she releases her third album, Abbar el Hamada.
Photo: Western Saharan singer and refugee Aziza Brahim by Guillem Moreno
Anyone who has traced a finger down the coast of Morocco to stumble across the ambiguous, grey-shaded territory of Western Sahara will be surprised to discover that this is far from a barren no-man’s-land; small desert towns dot the main highway all the way down to Mauritania. Hardly restricted to these pockets of civilization, the Saharawi people have lived a nomadic life across the region for hundreds of years. A 1976 invasion by Morocco and Mauritania made the majority of Saharawis refugees, an identity which the singer, tabal drummer and activist Aziza Brahim sees as integral to her music.