Aziza Brahim‎

Aziza Brahim (1976) was born and raised in the Saharawi refugee camps in the Tindouf region of Algeria where her family settled in late 1975, after fleeing from the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara. Growing up in the severe conditions of these desert camps, Aziza discovered music was both a source of entertainment and a natural way to express and communicate her personal emotions and thoughts of resistance.

When she was 11 years old, she journeyed to Cuba to pursue her secondary school studies. There she experienced a different sort of economic and political crisis during the so-called “Special Period” that began in the early 1990’s.

After graduating from secondary school in Cuba, Aziza planned to study for a Bachelors degree in music but that particular year academic scholarships were not offered in that field. Though disappointed by this rebuff, she returned to the refugee camps near Tindouf, committed to self-education and the development of her own musical expression. In 1995 she won the 1st National Song Contest held as part of the RASD’s National Culture Festival. She then joined the National Saharawi Music Group and toured Mauritania and Algeria. Two years later, she participated in the European Tour of the Saharawi group Leyoad.

Settling in Spain in the year 2000, she continued to pursue her musical vision. In 2005, she collaborated with the Spanish Latin jazz band Yayabo. In 2007 she founded her own band, Gulili Mankoo (a play on Hassania and Wolof words that means: United Expression), a musical collective with musicians from different musical backgrounds that experimented with the fusion of traditional Saharawi music and contemporary styles like rock, funk and blues. Out of this project two recordings were released the E.P. Mi canto (2008) and the full-length album Mabruk (2012), both by the French label Reaktion.

In 2009, Aziza began collaborating with the Basque Txalaparta band, Oreka TX, creating music for an ambitious audiovisual show Nomadak TX. In the same year, she was a finalist for the international Freedom to Create Prize (

In 2011, she participated in Pedro Pérez Rosado's film Wilaya as both a supporting actress and as the composer and performer of the soundtrack. It was awarded at the Málaga Spanish Film Festival with the Silver Biznaga prize for the best film soundtrack.

Aziza Brahim is now about to release Soutak (Glitterbeat, 2014) her third album, a stark, acoustic document where she is joined by a small group of musicians from both the Barcelona and Malian music scenes. Soutak is as a vivid bridge between Saharawi culture and Aziza’s passion for Malian music, and it is without question her most empowered and fluent musical journey to date.


Abbar el Hamada buy item herunterladen

Aziza Brahim

Abbar el Hamada

Release Date: 03/04/2016 · Format: CD/LP/DIGITAL · Cat-No: GBCD/LP 031

Western Saharan musician/activist Aziza Brahim ’s new album Abbar el Hamada (Across the Hamada), is a commanding and compassionate musical statement about, and for, the tumultuous age in which we live. Raised in a Saharawi refugee camp...
read more

Soutak buy item herunterladen

Aziza Brahim


Release Date: 02/07/2014 · Format: CD/LP(+CD)/DIGITAL · Cat-No: GBCD/LP 009

Voiced with deep passion and grace, Aziza Brahim 's music adeptly travels the expanse between her Western Saharan roots and Barcelona, the European cosmopolis where she now lives. Aziza is both a contemporary sonic poet and a prominent and...
read more

Aziza Brahim