International vocalist Mor Karabasi returns to the Oud Festival in a performance devoted to the figure of al-Kahina, the warrior queen, widely known in the Berber culture of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and in the women’s oral poetic tradition, the “Izran.”
The messages of the Izran poems was ahead of its time and emphasized the voice and status of women in Berber culture. The poems dealt with a variety of topics: work, love, longings and rituals, and even touched upon child marriages, female courage and their roles as leaders of many of the Berber tribes. This poetry was created spontaneously when women worked in the fields or did laundry in the river and helped them to deal with difficult times and many responsibilities. It also served them as a means of expressing joy when they celebrated the events in the annual cycle and life cycle. These poems and texts filled with down-to-earth wisdom drew inspiration from the agricultural cycle and seasons of the year and were passed from generation to generation, from mother to daughter.
Mor Karabasi, vocals, original melodies, percussion; Joe Taylor, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals; Ayal Yahav, cello, percussion; Gal Shemi, keyboard, piano; Shoshana Karabasi, vocals; David Digmi, percussion
Photo Mor Karabasi: Uriah Karabasi
22nd Jerusalem International Oud Festival, 2021
18–27 November 2021