This evening the Fez Hamadcha depart for Australia to take part in two of the world's great festivals
|In fine voice - Hamadcha Malam Abderrahim Amrani Marrakchi|
Their first stop will be the Woodford Festival in Queensland where they will give six performances plus taking part in forum discussions. Then, after a week long break they will head to the opening of the Sydney Festival in New South Wales. Several performances will be filmed for Australian television and there will be a radio programme and a documentary film is anticipated.
|Rachida El Jokh and Noureddin Bachira|
|Frederic Calmes (second from right) directing a drumming rehearsal|
Hamadcha Malam (leader) Abderrahim, says this is "A trip of a lifetime. Going to the far side of the earth is as huge step for the Hamadcha."
|The country retreat -"a breath of fresh air"|
Prior to their departure the group held numerous rehearsals in Fez before going on a three day retreat in the country to add the finishing touches to their repertoire. It was, as one musician said, "a breath of fresh air and tranquility before the long trip".
|Noureddine Bachira and Abdellatif Moujtahide in rehearsal|
|Melhoun singer Mohammed Essoussi - all rugged up|