A SignatureSeries event presented by Moroccan guest artists.
AZA unites traditional Tamazight (Berber) music, indigenous to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, with the global influences of its diverse members. Evocative of Saharan-African blues, yet with an original style that truly defies categorization, AZA’s stirring performances feature deep, danceable rhythms, intricate string melodies, and soaring, soulful vocals. Visually dynamic and engaging performers, AZA has been inspiring international audiences for nearly ten years.
Their music brings to light the culture of the Berbers, the indigenous people of North Africa whose recorded history dates back 3300 years.
Recognized as master musicians, Fattah and Mohamed formed AZA after moving to Santa Cruz, CA. Mohamed plays guitar, oud, percussion, and is a prolific songwriter with a gripping vocal style that helps define the dynamic energy of AZA.
Fattah began playing at the age of seven and now plays banjo, lotar, oud, sintir, ribab, percussion, and sings. He recorded several CD’s in Morocco with his band Imdaizen, and has collaborated with many international artists.
Fattah has received multiple grant awards for traditional arts and the preservation of indigenous culture. Fluent in English, French, Arabic and his native tongue (Tamazight), Fattah is a sought-after music and cultural educator, presenting at schools and universities throughout the US.
Friday, September 6 at 7:00pm
Thompson Music Building Recital Hall, Recital Hall
8282 Big Bend Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63119
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