01 febrero 2014

La canción de la semana #407

...is Julud by Sahrawi singer Aziza Brahim. This song appears on her new album Soutak (out on 7th February 2014 on Glitterbeat Records).

Aziza Brahim was born in the refugee camps of Algeria, an exile from her homeland in what the Saharawis call Occupied Western Sahara, the region from which they fled when it was invaded by Morocco in 1975. This is a conflict that the outside world seems to have forgotten and so Brahim, like other Saharawi musicians, is using her music to put that right. She no longer lives in the camps, for she managed to leave to study in Cuba and then to settle in Spain, but the struggle of the Saharawi people dominates this album.

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