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Destination Africa! Part I: Mali, Morocco & Tunisia

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In this episode we'll explore jazz by African musicians and by foreign musicians fascinated with the African continent and its music, with a special focus on Mali, Morocco and Tunisia.

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Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Daniel Freedman “All Brothers" from Bamako ...


Internationales Jazz Festival Münster 2017

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Theater Münster
Münster, Germany
Internationales Jazz Festival 2017
January 6-8, 2017

Münster, city of 300,000 inhabitants, situated in the northern part of German state North Rhine-Westphalia, with 18 million inhabitants the most populous state of Germany, has an ambitious biannual jazz festival now in its 27th year. The northern part of ...


Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2014

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Saalfelden 28-31.08.2014

A bocce ferme il 35° Jazzfestival di Saalfelden presentava un programma meno appariscente rispetto a precedenti edizioni, con meno densità di nomi altisonanti e meno eventi imperdibili. Ma forse proprio per la mancanza di aspettative clamorose, grazie alla solida direzione artistica tra certezze e curiosità e per quelle alchimie speciali che regolano ...


Jazzablanca Festival 2014: Casablanca, Morocco

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Hippodrome Anfa
Jazzablanca Festival
Casablanca, Morocco
March 29-April 3, 2014

Jazz breathes new life through the Jazzablanca Festival. Rethinking Jazz culture is a difficult process, as no findings about jazz audiences in Morocco exist. Jazz is only brought to the fore of discussion at festival time. The media does not publicize ...


Joachim Kuhn: Voodoo Sense

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The fourth outing from German pianist Joachim Kühn, Moroccan vocalist and guembri (bass lute) player Majid Bekkas, and Spanish drummer Ramon Lopez continues the trio's exploration into free-jazz and North African roots that began with Kalimba ( ACT Music, 2007). The percussion and rhythms of the Magreb were more prominent on Out of the Desert (ACT ...


Majid Bekkas: Mabrouk

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Bekkas is a leading Gnawa musician who sings and plays the oud, as well as acoustic guitar and guembri, the three-stringed bass-like instrument that provides the trance-inducing pulse of Gnawa music. The Gnawa, in turn, are spiritual brotherhoods formed in Morocco among slaves brought there from sub-Saharan Africa over the centuries. Bekkas has collaborated with a ...


Joachim Kühn - Majid Bekkas - Ramon Lopez: Chalaba

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Dopo Kalimba e Out of the Desert, è questo il terzo CD del trio Joachim Kühn - Majid Bekkas - Ramon Lopez edito dalla Act in cinque anni e non è insignificante il fatto che, come quello immediatamente precedente, esso sia stato prodotto dagli stessi musicisti, a dimostrazione di quanto essi credano nel loro sodalizio. Tutto risulta accattivante ...


Chellah Jazz

By Mehdi El Mouden To share passion for music is to play jazz in Chellah, the site is historic and the music is anthological. Chellah, the old historical city of Merinids in Morocco, Rabat hosts a jazz festival every year in June. Musicians come from all around Europe to meet Moroccan musicians for an unprecedented encounter where ...


Joachim Kühn - Majid Bekkas - Ramon Lopez: Out of the Desert

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Al primo ascolto di questo CD è sorta spontanea una domanda di carattere etico-contenutistico. All'inizio ed alla fine del lungo e avvincente “One, Two, Free," a firma di Kühn, la voce salmodiante di uno dei due cantanti, presumibilmente Majid Bekkas, inneggia ad Allah ed al profeta Maometto; la stessa cosa accadeva in "Hamdouchi," brano contenuto nel precedente CD del ...