Hasna El Becharia

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crossroads:
spirituality
genre(subgenre):
Music (general, Gnawa, traditional African music)
region:
Africa, Northern, Europe, Western, Asia, Southern and Central
country/territory:
Algeria, France, India
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created on:
January 21, 2004
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Hasna el Becharia

Coming from the Algerian Sahara, Hasna el Becharia is a woman of freedom, a “never-making concession” person having a high colour, she is well known in the south of Algeria, more particularly in Béchar (her native town) where she has made wedding music for more than thirty years. She is the daughter and granddaughter of Gnawa musicians; she plays popular Saharan traditional songs and personal compositions (some call her “Gnawa poetess”) with acoustic and electric guitars, and gumbri (traditional Gnawa instrument, usually only played by men). She arrived in France in January 1999 where she was invited to a festival called “Women of Algeria”. Hasna decided to stay in Paris because her situation was too difficult in Algeria. In spite of her singing of the Prophet, she is a too free and disturbing element, going out alone in the evening despising the curfew, welcoming homeless women and children. Hasna el Becharia, fifty-one years old, has just released her very first record, something she refused to do before in Algeria. At Roots in Transit Hasna is accompanied by Souad Aslaoui and Khireddine Medjoubi.
Author: Odin Teatret

Bio

Coming from the Algerian Sahara, Hasna el Becharia is well known in the south of Algeria. She is the daughter and granddaughter of Gnawa musicians and she plays popular Saharan traditional songs and personal compositions. She arrived in France in January 1999 where she was invited to a festival called “Women of Algeria”. Hasna decided to stay in Paris because her situation was too difficult in Algeria. Hasna el Becharia, fifty-one years old, has just released her very first record, something she refused to do before in Algeria.

Works

VIVE LES CELIBATAIRES

Production / Performance,
2004
In the concert Hasna presents her own music and texts with traditional and contemporary instruments. Singer and guitar: Hasna el Becharia Percussion: Khireddine Medjoubi Vocal accompaniment: Souad Aslaoui

Projects

This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.

Roots in Transit IV

Women´s International Theatre Festival and Meeting

(15 January 04 - 25 January 04)