IFM’s Nights of Ramadan celebrate “African roots”

For the 15th edition, the Nuits du Ramadan of the French Institute in Morocco (IFM), will be present on Facebook from April 15 to May 13, 2021, to make the Ramadan evenings of the public beat, for 5 weeks through an eclectic program. with soul, Malian, African and Moroccan Amazigh blues.

The concerts will be broadcast online on the Facebook pages of the 12 French Institutes in Morocco (Casablanca, El Jadida, Essaouira, Fès, Kénitra, Marrakech, Meknes, Oujda, Rabat, Agadir, Tangier and Tétouan) every Thursday at 10 p.m. April 15.

Honoring African roots, the Festival will invite the public to discover artists from the African continent, of international and national renown, and young emerging artists from the Kingdom.

Thus, the singer-songwriter Jihane Bougrine explores under a background of reggae, soul and folk rock and embellished with touches of fetish instruments of the soil (bendir, 3oud or even derbouka) her states of mind, her giggles, her strokes of mouth, his madness, his wounds and the colors of his life.

For his part, the balafonist Mamadou Diabaté born in Burkina Faso, who comes from a traditional “Jeli” family of musicians who make music and tell stories about the people of Sambla. His virtuosity is remarkable – some say he would have more than two hands. Explicit techniques allow Mamadou Diabaté to play balafon solos, which gives the impression that three balafonists are playing together.

In addition, a Carte Blanche will be given to the IFM studio, before giving way to Tarwa N-Tiniri, the blues of Amazigh singing which asserts its own musical style. If the music of Tarwa N-Tiniri conveys the sounds of a nearby desert blues, it also refers to the nomads of the mountains and is aimed more broadly at all the Berber communities scattered in the north of the African continent.

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Finally, the group Jupiter and Okwess, the most rock sound of the Congo – will present their latest album “Lothar”. Jupiter is one of the geniuses hatched in the megalopolis of Kinshasa. His music can be qualified as an experimental trance, mixing Congolese rumba, afrobeat, soul, funk and the sound peculiarities of 450 Congolese ethnic groups.

Organized as part of the Cultural Season of the French Institute of Morocco since 2012, the Nights of Ramadan accompany this great annual moment of spirituality that is Ramadan. They highlight the universal values ​​of dialogue, respect, tolerance and sharing.

For 3 years, the Nuits du Ramadan have been part of the Zone Franche label (the world music network) because they aim to promote diversity in “world music” while respecting the charter of the organization including the French Institute of Morocco is a member.

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