He is also preparing two concerts at the Cité Internationale in Paris.
Music: “The bluesman of Morocco”, Majid Bekkas, marks his return with a new clip entitled “Sahara Tnadi”. It has just been unveiled on his YouTube channel.
The famous musician and Gnaoui master Majid Bekkas is making a comeback. He has just unveiled the new music video for his song titled “Sahara Tnadi” on his YouTube channel. Shot in the middle of the Sahara, this hit is a mix of sounds and wind instruments, including gembri, guitar, ribab, bansuri flute and percussion. “This title is one of the tracks recorded in the album “Joudour” (Racines), released at the end of 2022 with the Belgian label Igloo to celebrate the 20th anniversary of African Gnaoua Blues”, explains the artist on his YouTube channel. And to add: “I thank the entire filming team, like the director Rachid Kacimi, Nouredine Bougrab, director of the Nomades festival, and all the musicians for their participation and their positive energy”.
To achieve this title, Majid Bekkas collaborated with several musicians, including Bouhssine Foulane (ribab) and Manuel Hermia (bansuri). Known for his many collaborations with various great jazzmen, Majid Bekkas will perform alongside distinguished guests at the “Sons d’hiver” Festival organized at the Théâtre de la Cité Internationale in Paris. Indeed, the first concert scheduled for January 28 will be with Emile Parisien, Hamid Drake Aly Keita and the Gnaoua of Brussels while the 2nd scheduled for February 2 will be with the legendary pianist Joachim Kuhn and the great drummer Ramon Lopez.
As a reminder, Majid Bekkas recently started an American tour during which he presented his new album “Joudour”. Produced during confinement, this album notably gives the opportunity to discover powerful African instruments such as the guembri, the guitar, the bouzouki, or even the kalimba, an African instrument. The musician also celebrated on this occasion the 20th anniversary of the release of his 1st album “African Gnaoua Blues”. An anniversary album that draws its roots from Africa, source of blues, jazz and funk. Multi-instrumentalist, composer and former classical guitar teacher, Bekkas is considered one of the most famous Gnaoua musicians.
He is one of the ambassadors of this musical expression. Nominated for the “Django d’Or” in 2004 for his album “Mogador”, the magician of encounters currently has a rich list of musical recordings made in Europe with virtuoso musicians such as Archie Shepp, Joachim Kuhn, or Louis Sclavis. It is with his title “Daymallah” that he represents Morocco in the CD compilation “Deserts Blues 2”.
He won the “Alfarabi” prize for ancient music in December 2011, a consecration given by the National Music Council which depends on Unesco. In 2012 he received the silver medal from the Academy of Arts, Sciences and Letters in Paris, and in 2015 the Charles Cros Academy Prize. Bekkas released the album “Magic spirit quartet” in 2020 and “Joudour” in 2022 with the Belgian label “Igloo”.
Brief biography of Majid Bekkas
Journey : Multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer, Majid Bekkas was born in Salé. He learned the oud at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Rabat. He also learned Gnawa with his master Ba Houmane. It has the ability to make other instruments sound brilliantly, like oud, kalimba, guitar. He also learned blues and soul music and started on the guitar in 1979. He thus transported music lovers to the crossroads of the fusion of traditional Gnawa music and African-American blues.