Festival au Désert
Bab L’Bluz (literally “The door of the Blues”) is a Franco-Moroccan group created at the end of 2018 in Marrakech, Morocco. It is a music group inspired by the Gnawa tradition, combining rock, psychedelic sounds and blues.
At the beginning of 2017 in Marrakech, the Moroccan singer-guitarist Yousra Mansour met the French guitarist and producer Brice Bottin who has been working with Moroccan musicians for several years. Both passionate about Gnawa music, they decided to learn together the guembri.
Mid 2017, they composed together what will be the first album of Bab L’ Bluz, a new repertoire of 10 powerful and current music titles, while respecting the analogical universe of the 60’s & 70’s. They want to mix their influences tastefully, and do not want to be labeled as a world band, but as a Moroccan psychedelic rock band.
At the end of 2018, they are joined by long time friends and musicians from Lyon Jérôme Bartholomé (qraqeb, flute, vocals) and Hafid Zouaoui (drums, back vocals).
In 2020 their album “Nayda!” was released; they won the Songlines best band award and performed at Womex.
Festival au Désert Firenze is one of the events of Estate Fiorentina 2022.