Bab L’Bluz

Moroccan-French power quartet, Bab L’ Bluz, reclaim the blues for North Africa. Fronted by an African-Moroccan woman in a traditionally male role, Bab L’ Bluz are devoted to a revolution in attitude which dovetails with Morocco’s ‘nayda’ youth movement – a new wave of artists and musicians taking their cues from local heritage, singing words of freedom in the Moroccan-Arabic dialect of darija.

released June 5, 2020

Yousra Mansour: Lead vocals, awisha, percussions, guembri on track 10
Brice Bottin: Guembri, guitar, percussions, backing vocals
Hafid Zouaoui: Drums, backing vocals
Jérôme Bartolome: Flute, percussion, back vocals

Aziz Ozouss: Ribab (Waydelel)
Mehdi Nassouli: Vocals (El Watane)

All songs composed by Yousra Mansour and Brice Bottin except ‘Waydelel’ (Dimi Mint Abba and Khalifa Ould Eide, arrangement Yousra Mansour and Brice Bottin)

Album produced by Yousra Mansour and Brice Bottin
Recorded at BackToMonoRecords by Christian Hierro
Mixing: Christian Hierro and Brice Bottin
Mastering: Christian Hierro

A Real World design by Marc Bessant
Background paint and logo by Brice Bottin
Cover photograph of Yousra Mansour by Benjamin Astier

Created in Marrakech in 2018, Bab L’ Bluz was born from the dream of propelling Guembri (the Gnawa’s Guitar) on the international music scene of contemporary music. A true tribute to the inexhaustible roots of Gnawa culture, irresistibly Psyche, undeniably Blues, bottle-fed at Funk, Bab L’ Bluz is a true intercontinental meeting point.