Majid Bekkas, the Moroccan master of guitar, guembri, and oud merges tradition and the future, as he has done with jazz innovators like Archie Shepp and Joachim Kuhn. The result is the most soulful fusion of swirling, entrancing Gnaoua playing and blues-drenched African American styles. Joining Bekkas are Bouhssine Foulane (ribab), Nor Edine Bahha (keys), Oussama Chtouki (bass), and Oussama Mougar (drums). Welcomed by Seattle Sacred Music and Arts.
Bouhssine Foulane creates true connection with any audience. He has a wide breadth of talent from chant, ribab and ribab fusion, as well as violin.
Nor Edine Bahha was raised in a family of musicians. She is a self-taught professional jazz pianist, educator, and author, and is a researcher in musicology. She also just so happens to be passionate about typography and is a type designer, and she enjoys “hand-lettering, comic-lettering, architect lettering and Arabic calligraphy. Like jazz,” she says, “each one has something to tell you” (Scoring Notes).
Oussama Chtouki is a multi-instrumentalist and bassist with a talent for the double bass. He has a new project coming out with LMOUTCHOU and has been touring all over the world.
Oussama Mougar is a self-taught Moroccan drummer from Essaouira. His attention to rhythm allowed him to quickly develop skills in terms of style and versatility as a musician, reaching a higher level of mastery whether on stage or in the studio (Moroccan Music Connect).
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