|ALIF Riad in Batha, Fez, where the Women's Mirror concert will be held on Saturday|
This Saturday at 6.30pm is a free concert to celebrate International Women's Day and the opening of the Women's Mirror exhibition.Singer/songwriter Socorra Camposanto will be performing at the Women's Mirror Concert, along with Fez oud and guitar player Hosna el Hadi. It is part of the celebrations for the opening of the Women's Mirror exhibition, of photographs by local women. (See our story here.)
Camposanto is a Peace Corps volunteer and has spent the past two years in Morocco. "It's been great performing in little villages here," she says from her base in Oujda. "Music has been an excellent icebreaker and I've had lots of positive feedback. I've been really happy to use music as part of my service to travel around."
In fact, Camposanto says, audiences in Morocco are more openly enthusiastic about her songs than audiences in America, although sometimes she senses they are a little shocked to see a lone woman up on stage.
The songs she will perform at the Women's Mirror concert this Saturday are mostly about the Peace Corps experiences she and her friends have had. They range from feeling like an outsider, to one about a long lasting relationship one of her close friends has developed during her service. "I'm also doing one that I originally performed at Take Back the Night event in the States. "It's a 'You Go Girl' type song," she says.
Originally from San Jose in California, Camposanto joined the Peace Corps after graduating from college. "I wanted to do something different after college. I wasn't ready to get a desk job. I wanted to travel."
Since she arriving in Morocco in March 2010, Camposanto has taught English, co-ordinated a Science Fair in the Oujda; done tree-planting at schools and run a song writing and music club at the American Center in Oujda.
She doesn't yet know what effect her time in Morocco will have on her life after she returns to the United States in May, but says "whatever I do in future, it will involve music".
What: Women's Mirror free concert starring Socorra Camposanto and Hosna el Hadi is on Saturday March 10 at 6.30pm
Where: ALIF Riad, 6 Derb Drissi, Batha, Fez Medina. If you don't know how to find it, you can meet at the Hotel Batha at 6pm.