Oudaden

Looking on one of my favorite blogs Awsome Tapes from Africa for Moroccan music, I came across Oudaden, a Moroccan Amazigh (Berber) band that caught my ear with its contemplative and mind-travelling sound.  Here’s a short portrait of the band from a festival website where they will be playing in February 2009:

Oudaden, one of Morocco’s mythical groups of the last twenty years, draws its inspiration from traditional Amazigh music. Their music is an innovative mix of typical bendir and nakus sounds; these traditional Amazigh instruments they combine with modern ones including banjo, electric guitar and tam-tam. In their universal lyrics they explore the subtleties of love as well as the economic and social difficulties of their region, bein g the spokespersons of Amazigh culture.

Also look at their quite colorful blog for some videos.