Saturday, July 21st, 2018
Venue: Three Cultures of the Mediterranean Foundation
C/ Max Plank, s/n. Isla de la Cartuja
Confirmation not required
Khansa Batma from Casablanca is often described as the ‘first lady of rock’ in Morocco. As well as being an important name on the Moroccan rock scene and the only female artist involved in this type of music in Morocco, she also comes from a great Moroccan musical family. Self-taught and with an exceptional voice, she began official studies at the Casablanca Conservatory at the age of nine and entered the musical scene in 2001 with her first album, "Sharq wa Gharb", that included Moroccan folk songs with European instrumental arrangements and World Heritage songs with Moroccan rhythms.
In 2003 she released her second album, "Ala Abwab El Sahra" (At the gates to the desert), a collection of songs in which she describes the journey of a lost soul from the south of Spain to Sudan and the north of Africa. Her third album, “The Dark Album” was very successfully received by a youthful audience. Batma’s songs combine Arabic and Moroccan rhythms with Rock.