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Thursday, 31. Octobeer 2024
Bakrommet, Amtmandens
Doors: 22:30
Show: 23:00


Rural female song tradition from Morocco brought into the present.

Aïta Mon Amour was born out of a fascination that singer Widad Mjama had for the Chikhates, the strong and powerful women ‘rebel’ singers and curators of a Moroccan tradition dating from the 12th century. Long before she was able to understand the essence of the words and their poetry, Widad Mjama was drawn to this music. 

The genre Aita comes from the Moroccan countryside, a rural expression of the female voice, traditionally with male instrumentalists. Though popular, it had a low status: The women were traveling with men, and they smoked and drank too. Nowadays Aita is considered an expression of freedom, and many artists from the younger generations are inspired by it, such as Widad Mjama. «Aita Mon Amour» is a fitting name for her new creation. Collaborating with Khalil Epi, she wishes to rescue this poetry from oblivion and make it resonate in a contemporary and digital manner.

Like the passing of the torch between two generations, Widad creates a musical narrative using Aita poems and songs that are linked to tradition as well as to modernity, using guitar, lute and electronics. Faithful to the spirit and the strength of the origins, Aïta Mon Amour is Widads journey into the history of these women. 

During Tromsø World, Aïta Mon Amour will perform at Amtmandens. An evening of dance and wedding music at Tromsøs cosiest music venue!


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