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Lemma (ALG)

Lemma

Lemma (ALG)Founded in 2015 by Franco-Algerian artistic director Souad Asla, this Lemma (reunion or meeting) is a unique gathering of nine women from Bechar in the Saoura region of western Saharan Algeria. Aged in their twenties into their eighties, these tradition-bearers have a collective repertoire of Gnawa, Ferda, Hadra and Zefani songs, Berber dances, and trance-inducing chants and rhythms. A spectacle of living art, they turn their desert nomad musical threads into a tapestry depicting people’s lives and histories.

photo by Yannis Psathas