Music & clubs
Asmaa Hamzaoui & Bnat Timbouktou is a true musical pioneer. The group’s front figure, Asmaa Hamzaoui, is one of the youngest – and one of the only – female gnawa-music players. Public playing of the gnawa-music has commonly been forbidden from females. However, Asmaa Hamzaoui, the daughter of a famous Maleem, the “music master”, has succeeded in creating a devoted fan base for herself and the group. Their debute album Oulad Lghaba is to be published in 2019.
The band follows the tradition of spirituality and poetry, characteristic to the genre. However, they do not hesitate to bring forward a strong societal message: the songs tell stories about Africa’s history and suffering.