Artist Profiles: Majid Bekkas

Majid Bekkas

Majid Bekkas was born and still lives in Sale, Morocco. He learned Gnawa music through the teachings of the master Ba Houmane.

Bekkas includes elements of contemporary western music in Gnawa music and has worked jazz musicians such as Peter Brotzmann, Archie Shepp, Flavio Boltro, Louis Sclavis, Joachim Kühn, and Ramon Lopez.

His song “Daymallah” represents Morocco on the award-winning CD compilation Desert Blues 2.

In his Afro-Oriental Jazz Trio he plays with reed player Manuel Hermia and percussionist Khalid Kouhen.

Discography:

Soudaniyé (1991)
African Gnaoua Blues ‎(Igloo Records, 2002)
La Cité Invisible – Rencontre À Casablanca ‎(Nord Sud, 2003)
Mogador ‎(Igloo Records, 2004)
Kalimba (Act Records, 2007)
Out of The Desert (Act Records, 2009)
Passport to Morocco, avec Klaus Doldinger (Wea, 2009)
The Art of Baroque, Jazz, Dance & World Music (Keytone Records, 2009)
African Jazz ‘n Bar ‎(Hippo Records, 2009)
Makenba (Igloo Records, 2010)
Les Amants De Juliette & Majid Bekkas ‎(Quoi de Neuf Docteur, 2010)
Makenba ‎(Igloo Records, 2010)
In All, Marula (Morgenland Records, 2010)
Chalaba (Act Records)
Mabrouk (Bee Jazz, 2011)
Vodoo Sense (Act Records, 2014)
Al qantara ‎(Igloo Records, 2013)
Laafou (2015)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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