Blending traditional Arabic music with soul, jazz and electronic sounds, Oum’s music is sensual, atmospheric and danceable.
Easily recognizable by her elaborate head wraps and captivating stage presence, Oum el Ghait Benessahraoui, known as Oum, is a Moroccan singer of Saharan origins. Finding inspiration in the traditional Moroccan rhythms of Gnawa, Hassani and Sufi, as much as jazz, gospel and African music, she is considered an ambassador of Moroccan culture. Growing up singing in gospel choirs, and writing her first song at 17, Oum first appeared on the scene in the early 2000s via hip-hop and R&B inspired songs in English and Moroccan Darija. Now, she tours the world, with millions of views on Youtube.
“Moroccan Gnawa, soul and sensuality together form the concept of the fascinating Moroccan diva Oum” Mixed World Music
Presented by Arts Canteen and Grand Junction and Arab Women Artists Now Festival – AWAN.