Essaouira: From music to art, a city of multiple cultural influences
Conversation with Hindi Zahra, Daox, Othmane Bengebara & Martin Seigneur
Thursday 30 September 2021, 5pm (Morocco)
In partnership with Afikra
As part of its exhibition Outsiders/Insiders? Artists of Essaouira from the Fondation Alliances and Fundación Yannick y Ben Jakober Collections, MACAAL organised an online discussion that brought together the architect and exhibition designer, Othmane Bengebara, the singer and author Hindi Zahra, the co-founder of the Moga festival DJ Daox, and the singer-songwriter Martin Seigneur. Entitled Essaouira: From Music to Art, City of Multiple Cultural Influences, the discussion dealed with the city of Essaouira as a creative ground that fascinated so many Moroccan and international artists.
Considered as an inexhaustible source of inspiration for Souiri painters and sculptors, Essaouira is also known for its history, its music and its international festivals. The talk aimed to understand how this small harbour town from the Atlantic coast has managed to genrerate as much talents and cultural diversity even if it was not initially intended to.
Moderated by Meriem Berrada, Artistic Director at MACAAL.
About Hindi Zahra
Hindi Zahra is a pluridisciplinary artist, a French-Moroccan singer, but also a painter, author, actress and songwriter. For her, music is above all a family story, the story of a Berber born in Morocco. Her father was a soldier and her mother a housewife, an actress and singer known in the village. Then her musician uncles introduced her to traditional Gnaoua music, reggae and Bob Dylan’s folk music. She grew up listening to raï and châabi divas, like Rimitti, and Egyptian divas, like Oum Khalsoum, between traditional Berber music and rock’n’roll from the countryside, but also not far from the Malian blues of the great Ali Farka Touré and the sensual folk of Ismaël Lo.
With her bewitching voice and lyrics that resonate like an incantation, the enchanting Hindi Zahra has an inimitable musical cachet.