13 July 2017
Traditional Moroccan music, Berber and Saharan sounds, dance, percussion, fusion… The African Village continues adding rhythms, names and cultures to the Celebrating Africa edition with artists who will make their way through the Rototom Sunsplash a cross-cutting experience. This is the case of the Moroccan Mehdi Nassouli, who will move between the African Village, where he will present a musical experience linked to the tradition of his country and the Gnawa culture on 18th August, and the Lion Stage, where he will bring a harder rock sound. Consummate player of the three string lute, the ‘guembri’, he studied the music from each region of his country during 10 years, until he took the international leap. He has worked with French guitarist Titi Robin, Fatoumata Diawara, Benjamin Taubkin, Justin Adams, Herbie Hancock and Alpha Blondy, mixing Berber and Gnawa music with other styles from the rest of the world.
Mohammed Alidu, an example in the preservation of Ghana’s traditional music, will visit the festival on 18th August at 22.45 hours, with a concert alongside The Bizung Family. Alidu arrives in Benicàssim in collaboration with MusicXChange. Besides, he is also part of the global multimedia project Playing for Change, which promotes peace through music.
The Sahrawi artist Hayouh and the singer Mufid, both from the group Gdeim Izik, will be also on the stage of the African Village. Two voices, a guitar and a rhythm box, channel the message of freedom for the Sahrawi people, through their lyrics written in Hassaniya, which they have performed on several stages in cities like Madrid, Ibiza, Rome or Milan. Once again, they will show their characteristic combination of Saharan musical roots with rhythms such as reggae or jazz, on 19th August at 21.30 hours in Benicassim.
On the last day of the festival and as final activity of the area, the Docakene company, formed by ex-members of the national ballet from the Ivory Coast, will be also present in the most African stage. In addition to conducting workshops, this company will put the icing on their Rototom Sunsplash experience with a percussion, dance and masks show.