Lecture in language
A female choir, percussion, drums, metal castanets and the guitar of the world famous healer Hasna El Becharia. They sing, dance, clap and keep their eyes on their leader, the singer Souad Asla. Lemma invites you into the trance-like feminine energy of ritual Sufi songs with Berber rhythms. Discover the basics of traditional healing musical styles and learn how to sing mysterious mantras from the desert.
The West addresses women's issues that have resonated in the Arab world for centuries. Lemma (which originally means an assembly) will create a closed sacred space at the festival, where audiences will meet twelve guides from the desert – musicians and singers aged between 24 and 74, including the ritual healer Zohra Kherabi and Hasna el Becharia. The singer Souad Asla, the heart of the project, says: "The desert is a place where I feel very small and very big at the same time, it is a place that soothes me, that brings me closer to something mystical."
At Meltingpot you will be able to participate in an absolutely unique ancient ritual, sing, play and dance together. And since such rituals have always been performed behind closed doors where men were banned from entering, we will honor this tradition and these workshops will also be open only to women.