September 29, 2017
Friday, 7:30 PM
(le) poisson rouge
158 Bleecker St, Manhattan
$30 advance / $35 day of show | 18+
Standing room only with limited unreserved seating
The now legendary Group Doueh have been playing in and around their native Dakhla, in the Western Sahara for over 27 years. The discovery of the group by Sublime Frequencies, via a song snatched from a AM radio broadcast in Morocco in 2005 (as well as an exploratory mission in 2006 that landed Hisham Mayet in the group’s compound after chasing an overland trail from Tangiers all the way to the Mauritanian border) sealed the band’s relationship with the label. A successful European tour with label mate Omar Souleyman in 2009 ensued and western audiences were finally able to witness the power of the group’s mighty live shows. Doueh’s guitar heroics and wife Halima Jakani and Bashiri Touballi’s soaring vocal interplay entranced all who were present. In 2010 Doueh hosted Tony Allen in his home town and joined in on some of his dates in Europe. Then they returned to Europe in May 2011 with new album Zunya Jamma in tow, delivering a blistering set at the Animal Collective curated All Tomorrow’s Parties festival and sending the atmosphere sky bound everywhere they traveled including a heroic USA tour in 2011 that entranced all American audiences alike.
For the first time in 6 years, Group Doueh will return to the USA. The band is still a family affair with sons, El Waar and Hamdan respectively on synth and drums added to the already potent mix of searing Saharan modes filtered through Doueh's maximalist electric guitar and tidnit mastery and Halima Jakani's soaring spiritual vocals charting the music into the cosmos.
Opening for Group Doueh will be Innov Gnawa, a local young musical collective dedicated to exploring Morocco’s venerable gnawa music tradition in NYC.
On 10/2 there will be a film screening of "Oulaya's Wedding" (a documentary about the week-long celebration of Doueh and Halima's eldest daughter, Oulaya) at The New School (55 W 13th Street). Rich and intimate, the beautiful film provides an insightful look at not only the lavish wedding celebration of the daughter of the leader of Group Doueh but also the lives of the people of Dakhla - their music, ceremonies, and homes.
Followed by a Q&A with director Hisham Mayet.
Free for WMI members, The New School students, and staff (please bring New School ID). WMI members please RSVP.
Snaking, mesmeric guitar playing … Doueh and family made the entire room glow with folk chants and electrified stomps.” - Spin
This is part of our Desert Blues Series.