El Hamideen

Bouchaib Abdelhadi, a native of Casablanca, Morocco, has had a distinguished musical career on both sides of the Atlantic. As leader of the Orchestre Abdelhadi, he performed throughout the Kingdom of Morocco in the 1980's. Since coming to the United States in the early 1990's, Bouchaib has been much sought out as a multi-instrumentalist (oud, Moroccan violin, percussion) and as a vocalist in Middle Eastern and North African traditions such as al-Ÿqa (Andalusian), Gnawa (Sufi trance), and Chaabi ("popular"). Recent career highlights include collaborating in 2002 with Pharoah Sanders on music for Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and, in 2001, contributing to Omar Sosa's Grammy-nominated CD "Sentir". Bouchaib's live performances range from a US tour with Cuban jazz pianist Omar Sosa in 2002 to a performance with Stephen Kent and Trance Mission in 2001, and from playing at the 1998 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival to composing and performing Heart Song in conjunction with Alonzo King and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2003. His collaborations with Alonzo King also include Salt (2005) with the North Carolina Dance Theater, and Ocean (1994), Prayer (1986), and The Moroccan Project (2005) with Alonzo King LINES Ballet. He performed live with LINES Ballet at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and at the Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco, as well as at the Joyce Theater in New York. Bouchaib played with DJ Cheb i Sabbah on the album "La Kahena", and enjoys working with artists from diverse musical traditions such as klezmer, Hindustani, jazz, and rock.

Hafida Ghanim is a native of Beni Mellal in the Middle Atlas region of Morocco. She draws on the urban repertory of women's popular songs, as well as religious songs of the countryside. Hafida has performed in several collaborative projects with Alonzo King, including Heart Song (2003) for the Ailvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Salt (2005) with the North Carolina Dance Theater, and Ocean(1994) and The Moroccan Project (2005) with LINES Ballet. She performed live with LINES Ballet at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and at the Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco, as well as at the Joyce Theater in New York.

Yassir Chadly has been performing traditional Moroccan music since 1972, first in his native Morocco and then in the United States since 1977. His musical expression ranges from the melodic love songs of the Magreb and Egyptian traditions, to the powerful rhythms of the religious music of the Gnawa, the Sufi musicians originally from sub-Saharan Africa. His varied instruments include the oud (lute), the guenbri (a three-stringed bass-like instrument made from a camel neck), qarqabas (metal clackers from which the castanets are derived), bender, darbukkah, and taarija (percussion instruments native to Morocco). Yassir is well known as an inspired storyteller of the Sufi tradition in addition to his talents as a musician. He has recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Weston, Stephen Kent, and Steve Coleman. He is featured on two recent Omar Sosa recordings, Prietos and Sentir, and has performed with Mr. Sosa since 2001. Yassir has participated in other collaborative projects with Alonzo King, including Heart Song (2003) for the Ailvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Salt (2005) with the North Carolina Dance Theater, and Ocean (1994) and The Moroccan Project (2005) with Alonzo King LINES Ballet. He performed live with LINES Ballet at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and at the Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco, as well as at the Joyce Theater in New York. He is also an Associate Professor at the Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA where he teaches courses on Islam and Sufism.

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