Roskilde Festival Announces Acts for its World Music Gloria Stage

Hamadcha Sufi Tariqa
Roskilde Festival’s smallest venue, the intimate Gloria stage is set to present a stimulating schedule of enthralling music from Africa, The Caribbean and Eastern Europe.

The musical trance and persistent repetition in the rhythms and vocal harmonies are common among the very different artists appearing in this schedule.

With their Arabic oboes, exotic major scales and persistent percussion rhythms Hamadcha Sufi Tariqa of Essawira (Morocco) creates a unique space that is both timeless and drags you down through the centuries. The roots of this music reach more than 500 years back in time and are part of the mystic and poetic Sufi tradition of Islam.

Another two acts are a part of the schedule. Son Palenque is the leading band of the genre Palenque that was founded among fugitive, African slaves in the village of Palenque de San Basilio, Columbia hundreds of years ago.

With about 30 years and a whole series of albums under the belt, Son Palenque fuses cumbia, highlife and Afrobeat in their own transatlantic mixture. The veteran musicians deliver a soundtrack that is alive and vibrant, even if past history goes far back in time. Majovci Group is synonymous with a unique form of wedding music, an almost trance-like sound played on a zurla – a kind of oboe with the same sound as bagpipes – and giant tapan drums.

Majovci Group’s music and band members are direct descendants of this tradition, which dates back more than a thousand years. With this fascinating dance orchestra, you’ll get an exotic breath of air from Eastern Europe’s colorful past.

This ‘block’ is just a small section of a very wide and rich musical lineup that embraces all continents and remote corners of the world.

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