Les Filles de Illighadad
Les Filles de Illighadad
Fri 05.04 20:00 - 23:00

Vooruit & Metadrone present

Les Filles de Illighadad / Asmâa Hamzaoui & Bnat Timbouktou
Fri 05.04
20:00 - 23:00
  • Fri 05.04
    20:00 - 23:00

Minimal, dreamy desert blues from two Nigerien cousins 

This time we’re also joined by a new partner, Metadrone. In fact you’ll be seeing more and more collaborations between Vooruit and Metadrone starting in 2019. Together we’ll be putting on a series of adventurous concert evenings centred on guitar music.

Les Filles De Illighadad

With their most recent release, ‘Eghass Malan’ (2017), guitarist Fatou Seidi Ghali and vocalist Alamnou Akrouni – together Les Filles de Illighadad – deliver a top-notch follow-up to their untitled debut. These two Nigerien cousins are blowing a fresh breeze through the male-dominated world of Tuareg music with their minimal, dreamy desert blues. In their live performances the duo welcomes listeners on a melancholic trip through polyphonic song and intriguing percussion.

Fatou Seidi Gahli learnt to play her instrument on an old four-stringed guitar in the Sahel, far from the bustle of city life and truly off the grid. The limitation of only four strings turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as it led to her developing her own unique and authentic style. Together with the angelic voice of her cousin Alamnou Akrouni she created a refreshingly new style of Tuareg trance. For fans of Tinariwen, Tamikrest and Terakaft.

“A mesmerizing trip between trance and tradition” - Gonzo Circus

Les Filles de Illighadad were also invited to perform during Eastern Daze III (2016). Relive their set below.


Asmâa Hamzaoui & Bnat Timbouktou  

The Gnawa community represents a large part of the Moroccan population. Historically the term ‘Gnawa’ refers to the descendents of slaves who were deported to Morocco from Central African countries centuries ago. The different then-oppressed cultures came together to form the new Gnawa identity, forging their own traditions, rituals and a treasuretrove of music, dance and literature.

The fresh-faced Asmâa Hamzaoui (20) was spoon-fed the Gnawa musical tradition from a young age by her father, renowned Gnawa musician Rachid Hamzaoui. With her own group Bnat Timbouktou she is one of the few female voices within the Gnawa music culture. With her infectious, gospel-like desert blues, she still stays true to the history of her ancestors, singing in the traditional Gnawa language on themes such as homesickness and suffering. She herself plays the gimbri, a lute-like percussion and string instrument. We can hardly wait to see this fascinating female desert blues combo in action.


Online presale ends at 17:00! There will be tickets available at the doors! 


Fri 05.04 - 20:00 Balzaal
€17 / 14 (presale)
desert blues / music  

In collaboration with Metadrone


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