2017 Intercultural Exchange Project (Morocco)

Ten-day musical residency in the Sahara Desert in Morocco between RedTail Spirit Singers, an indigenous drum group from Canada and Generation Taragalte, a young nomad group from M’Hamid El Ghizlane in Morocco.

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RedTail Spirit Singers

Founded in 2004, RedTail Spirit Singers began in Kanehsatà: ke with a very modest idea: to offer options to young people through song, drum and dance workshops as well as powwow-related activities.

Génération Taragalte

Generation Taragalte’s repertoire is inspired by the traditional songs that have punctuated the great trans-Saharan caravans over the centuries. Like certain Moroccan groups such as the famous Nass El Ghiwane, they take up songs from women poets (like the guedra) and Saharan tales, and harmonize them with blues and rock tones. Their repertoire mixes the languages Hassanya and Tamasheq.

Exchanging two different rhythms: A traditional drum group – RedTail Spirit Singers from Canada and Generation Taragalte from the Moroccan Sahara, was a hard task. Yet, the result makes it clear to me that indeed music is a language spirits can communicate with.

Abdellah Azizi – Azifoto, Ouarzazate, Morocco

Elle l’avait rêvée, Nathalie Lévesque, cette rencontre musicale, au milieu des dunes du Sahara…avec le Pow-wow des peuples autochtones du Québec… Alors, trois hivers plus tard, quant à force d’acharnement et de travail, cette scène improbable s’est matérialisée par magie au coeur de la nuit, au Festival Taragalte, fallait la voir pleurer de bonheur la Marchande d’idées interculturelles. Les milliards d’étoiles de la voûte céleste se reflétaient dans ses larmes de joie : elle l’avait rêvée, et son rêve se réalisait, contre toute attente. Le futur appartient aux rêveurs! Chapeau Nathalie!

Robert Dray – Very good music – Agitateur culturel/Music lover, France

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