Blog February 9, 2016
Afropop Premiere: Aziza Brahim's "Calles de Dajla"
We are thrilled to premiere the music video “Calles de Dajla,” the first track off Western Saharan musician Aziza Brahim’s forthcoming album Abbar el Hamada (Across the Hamada), out March 4 on Glitterbeat Records. [embed][/embed] Aziza Brahim is a Sahrawi singer and activist from Western Sahara whose poignant music touches on borders, displacement, migration and being a refugee. She herself was born in a Sahrawi refugee camp in Tindouf, Algeria. The word Hamada is used by the Saharawi people to describe the rocky desert terrain of the Algerian/Western Saharan landscape where thousands of their people are stranded in camps. Aziza states, “For me, Abbar el Hamada (Across the Hamada) is a title that synthesizes our destiny as a country over the last 40 years. We are suffering an injustice that condemns us to try and survive in an environment as inhospitable as the Hamada. Stay tuned for a review of Abbar el Hamada (Across the Hamada) early next month. Photo by Guillem Moreno