Aziza Brahim’s journey has taken her from the refugee camps of the western Sahara to Cuba and now to Barcelona. Soutak sets her commanding voice against the fluid, bluesy Spanish-infected guitar work of the Malian Kalilou Sangare and the central pulse of Brahim’s own tabal, a Saharan hand-drum. The songs deal with the refugee experience, with artillery fire, and desert sands full of landmines.


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