Saturday 2 July 2022
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In the hands of French oud virtuoso Léo Fabre-Cartier, Moroccan talent Younes Baami and a team of traditional musicians, the traditional amazigh tradition from the Atlas Mountains unfolds into new interpretations.

Araw N Fazaz started when the French virtuoso Léo Fabre-Cartier started playing music with the young Moroccan musician Younes Baami – a student of the legendary musician Mohamed Rouicha. Baami plays the traditional loutar, an oud-like string instrument that is prominent in the traditional Berber music called amazigh.

Léo Fabre-Cartier is well versed in oriental music and has studied Moroccan traditions for many years. In the town of Khenifra by the Atlas Mountains, he immersed himself in local Berber traditions and was amazed by the traditional amazigh music – a kind of music that unfolded for him when meeting Younes Baami.

Since he was young, Baami has performed with a number of great masters of the genre and has played numerous concerts in Europe, Africa and Asia. Although he is deeply rooted in the traditional amazigh, he is also a musician with an openness to other trends, which has led him to playing with musicians from many countries and traditions.

In Araw N Fazaz, Fabre-Cartier and Baami perform in the company of a number of excellent musicians and singers from Khenifra. Based on Baami's own compositions, the music opens to a stunning and rich musical tradition, which we rarely have the opportunity to enjoy in this part of the world. A musical universe that unfolds in the meeting between hypnotic call-and-response vocals, traditional drums and of course the beautiful dialogue between the oud and the loutar.