The Fez Hamadcha Brotherhood wrapped up their tour in Australia on a high note with three successful performances in Sydney at three very different venues
Being chosen to perform on the opening night of the prestigious Sydney Festival was an honour for the group and the Brotherhood gave a the capacity audience at the Grand Masonic Lodge a night to remember.
The venue, in the heart of Sydney, was sold out well in advance which was a disappointment for many who had travelled from Queensland and Victoria hoping for a chance to see the performance.
His Excellency Mohamad Mael-Ainin, Morocco's Ambassador to Australia, made the journey from Canberra for the opening night and after the performance came back stage to thank the group and congratulate them on their Australian tour.
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|Hamadcha leader Abderrahim Amrani Marrakchi in fine form in Sydney|
|The nfir (long horns) get a work out at the sound check|
|Dancer and singer, Rachida El Jokh was a crowd favourite|
|Morocco’s Ambassador to Australia Mohamad Mael-Ainin (in the Fez) and his wife came backstage to thank the group|
The following day the Hamadcha made the journey out to Parramatta where they found (to their surprise) that they were to perform on a tiny stage on top of a food stall.
|The Hamadcha soundcheck|
|A section of the large crowd|
|Hamadcha Musical Director, Frederic Calmes drumming up a storm|
|As the stage was too small for the trance dance, Rachida danced below the stage|
|Melhoun singer, Mohammed Essoussi with a music fan|
|Morocco meets Australia|
|The tiny bandstand - in the rain|
|Noureddine Bachira didn't allow the weather to dampen his enthusiasm|
|Trancing in the rain - before saying goodbye to Australia|
Also read our earlier story about the Hamadcha performances at the Woodford Festival