Noura Mint Seymali

Stage: Chafariz Map
30 June, 22:30

One of Mauritania's most courageous and daring artists, she is perhaps the voice that currently best defines her country's music on international stages, which she has attended since her adolescence, when she began to develop her unique vocal and instrumental technique, through an intelligent mix of contemporary sounds with the musical tradition of the Sahara, Maghreb and West Africa. In her rich musical career, however, she has always remained faithful to the Moorish tradition of the Griot, a style of declamation very popular in this part of Africa, as a way of preserving and transmitting the ancestral stories and founding myths of her people. At the same time, she specialized in the ardine, a 9-stringed instrument, similar to the harp, but only played by women. With her debut album Tzenni, released in 2014, she immediately reached the 1st place in the “World Music Charts Europe”, also earning her, the following year, the award for “Best Female Artist from North Africa”, awarded by the African Union for her contribution to the participation of women in the music industry of this continent. This was followed by Arbina, released in 2016, which opened the doors to some of the biggest festivals in the world, such as Roskilde, Le Guess Who? or WOMAD, where she performed, as now in Loulé, with her usual band, composed by her husband, Jeich Chighaly, on guitar, Ousmane Touré on bass and Matthew Tinari on percussions.