Mariem Hassan

The voice of the Exile of Western Sahara

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Mariem Hassan the music Diplomatic for the Saharawi people

Saharaui singer Mariem Hasan has become the representative voice for her exiled people throughout the world. After a number of collaborations with musicians from Africa and Europe, Deseo presents her in a more personal forum, accompanied by her brother Boika on guitar and percussionist Leila, under the direction of arranger and guitarist Baba Salama, three great musicians coming out of the refugee camps of Tinduf. The rough, bluesy sound is not unlike Tinariwen's 'desert blues' groove, but the voice of Hassan takes it all to a new level. These raw and wonderful songs speak of despair and hope, love and beauty in the face of hardship, and the acompaniment is equal to their force.


  • At 4:44 PM, Blogger Tumerica said…

    Mariem Hassan gives voice to the inscrutable. Her emotion is evocative and mesmerizing. I feel sad that I have only just discovered her. I'm listening to her with chills running up my spine and tears in my eyes. Her expressiveness reminds me of Janis Joplin. Superb and unduplicatable.

  • At 6:52 AM, Blogger Sam said…

    I'm just listening to her music for the first time (and I only know about Tinariwen).It's not anyone that sends chills up one spine, or goose bumps in the arms.... very very good !

  • At 1:01 PM, Blogger Dina Eldeeb said…

    Could you please help us get in contact with Mariem Hassan or her agent? We would like to invite her to perform at Spring Festival 2014 organized in Egypt and Lebanon by Culture Resource Foundation -
    We haven't been able to find any contact information to reach her.
    Your help would be much appreciated. Please write me on if you can help.
    Thank you


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