We are thrilled to premiere the music video “Calles de Dajla,” the first track off Western Saharan musician Aziza Brahim’s forthcoming album Abbar el Hamada (Across the Hamada), out March 4 on Glitterbeat Records.
Aziza Brahim is a Sahrawi singer and activist from Western Sahara whose poignant music touches on borders, displacement, migration and being a refugee. She herself was born in a Sahrawi refugee camp in Tindouf, Algeria.
The word Hamada is used by the Saharawi people to describe the rocky desert terrain of the Algerian/Western Saharan landscape where thousands of their people are stranded in camps. Aziza states, “For me, Abbar el Hamada (Across the Hamada) is a title that synthesizes our destiny as a country over the last 40 years. We are suffering an injustice that condemns us to try and survive in an environment as inhospitable as the Hamada.
Stay tuned for a review of Abbar el Hamada (Across the Hamada) early next month.
Photo by Guillem Moreno