Habibi Festival: A Musical Snapshot from Marrakech to Baghdad

Noura Mint Seymali performing at Habibi Festival.

We are proud to support this dazzling showcase of contemporary and traditional music of North Africa and the Middle East that spanned five evenings at Joe’s Pub in New York City. Now in its second year, the Habibi Festival took listeners on a journey of the sounds wafting through the airwaves and living rooms of cities spanning from Marrakech to Baghdad.

It was a brilliant week of music, workshops and other performances. We were particularly excited that the Festival featured the incredible Mauritanian griot, Noura Mint Seymali (pictured above, photo by Sachyn Mital), a master of the ardin, a nine-stringed harp reserved for women, and a singer of unparalleled power. Her band includes her husband and fellow griot Jeiche Ould Chighaly, who, and we don’t throw this around lightly, is one of the greatest guitarists on earth. 

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