Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fez Hamadcha Sufi Troupe ~ May Visit Australia

Exciting news came this week that one of the most popular Sufi Brotherhoods in Fez has been invited to appear at the largest music festival in the Southern Hemisphere - the Woodford Festival in Australia. The festival runs for a week and entertains around 130,000 people. The appearance of the Hamadcha Sufis and other Moroccan events will also help attract more Australian visitors to Morocco

Due to financial constraints the entire tariqa will not be able to travel, but rather a small group will make the long journey "down under". There is still fundraising to be done, but if successful the troupe would perform in Australia between December 26 2014 and January 1st 2015

If the tour goes ahead the group will be lead by Abderrahim Amrani Marrakchi and include musician and anthropologist Frédéric Calmès who will act as the group's translator.

Hamadcha leader Abderrahim Amrani Marrakchi (centre) with the troupe
Frédéric Calmès playing the gimbri

Also appearing with the troupe will be English singer Faith Barker. Faith, who studies at Cambridge University, has been performing with the Hamadcha since last year when she was astonished to be asked to "come and sing at a festival in Meknes".

Faith Barker  - a wonderful addition to the troupe
Yesterday the Hamadcha performed privately at Riad Zany and took part in a photoshoot to promote the tour to Australia. The tariqa have performed at festival in Europe and Africa and their exciting and infectious style will certainly be a hit in the antipodes.

Rachida El Jokh ~ taking care of incense and ritual cuisine

Previous Appearances
-Festival of Fez, June 2009.
-Warchane-slam the malhoun Festival, Essaouira, May 2009.
-Festival-Sufi culture, Fez, April 2009.
- "Morocco, 12 centuries of history", UNESCO, Paris, November 2008 .
-Festival of Sacred Music, Fez, June 2008.
-Sufi Culture Festival, Fes, May 2007.
-Festival in the city of Sacred Music Festival in Fez, in June 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.
- Festival Bronsom paradise, Netherlands, July 2004.
-Festival of Sacred Music-Berlin, Germany, December 2003.
-Music Festival for Peace in Valencia, Spain in April 2003.
-Latitudes Festival-Maghreb-Villette, Paris, May 2002.
-Festival of World Sacred Music, Fes, Morocco, June 2002.
-Festival-Mediterranean Bari, Italy, August 2001.
-Festival-cultural Mediterranean, Sicily, Italy, August 2000.
-Festival of Popular Arts in Marrakech, Morocco, 2000.
-Time-Morocco, Café de la Danse, Paris, December 1999.
-Alabama Birmingham International Festival, USA in April 1999.

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