By John Owoo
(In Rabat – Morocco)
The Tune, an all female band from the Republic of South Korea with a flashing charismatic singer charmed a capacity audience at the Visa for Music Festival, which ended last Saturday in the Moroccan capital Rabat.
In a performance at Palais Tazi, the five-piece band with members who are all multi instrumentalists and singers, exhibited a curious blend of Korean traditional music, jazz, contemporary, gypsy and shamanistic music, which recalled ancient Korean traditions.
Clad in all white costumes, the group involved the audience in the performance who gracefully provided a chorus to one of their tunes as the Haegeum, a traditional instrument alongside various percussive instruments and piano traversed the cool night air.
Gorgeously focused voices and instruments that emanated from the stage dazzled the audience, who simply cheered as the lead singer picked up cymbals while proving her dexterity with diverse instruments.
The performance really provided an insight into Korean traditional and folk music and its contemporary extensions – it was a magical show”, said Steve Jones, a musician from the United Kingdom.
Inspired by traditional melodies from Northern Mali and Southern Algeria, Touareg guitarist / singer Kader Tarhanine together with his group enchanted the audience with diverse rhythms gracefully crafted into modern Touareg music.
With lyrics on love, peace, exile and the desert, Tarhanine, who was obviously immersed in his guitar, charmed the audience with a cool technique that resulted in vocal quality and melodic power, which created a sense of admiration.
French Oud player Léo Fabre-Cartier together with Araw N Fazaz group treated the audience to Amazigh music, which comprises traditional and popular genres of Berber ethnic groups in various North African countries.
Together with a female vocalist, the group sent nostalgic feelings to members of the crowd who are familiar with this rather astonishing form of music that is largely unknown around the world.
Held under the auspices of King Mohammed VI, Visa For Music aims at promoting the constitution of a music marketplace in Africa and the Middle East in order to offer greater visibility as well as an environment that favours creativity and professionalization in the cultural sector.
Directed by Brahim El Mazned, the festival is also a means to galvanize the cultural and creative industries of the concerned region in order to stimulate their economy while providing platforms for musicians to showcase the artistic creations and the stimulation of intellectual dialogues.