Bab L’ Bluz are reclaiming the blues for North Africa. Fronted by an African-Moroccan woman in a traditionally male role, the band are devoted to a revolution in attitude which dovetails with Morocco’s ‘nayda’ youth movement – a new wave of artists and musicians taking their cues from local heritage, singing words of freedom in the Moroccan-Arabic dialect of darija. Ancient and current, funky and rhythmic, buoyed by Arabic lyrics, soaring vocals and bass-heavy grooves, Nayda! seems to pulse from the heart of the Maghreb.
Yousra Mansour: Lead vocals, awisha, percussions, guembri
Hafid Zouaoui: Drums, backing vocals
Brice Bottin: Guembri, guitar, percussions, backing vocals
Jérôme Bartolome: Flute, percussion, back vocals