Artist profile: Mouna Eddrou

 

Artist profile of Mouna Eddrou:

Mouna Eddrou was born in Meknès, Morocco and moved to France at an early age. She comes form a family of musicians heavily involved in some of Morocco’s mystic Sufi styles of music. This include El Touate, Aissawa and Gnaoua.

Mouna is an outstanding and versatile vocalist and percussionist.  Click here to watch and listen to her perform “Maleika” by Henry Belafonte, originally performed by Miriam Makeba. Mouna adds her own unique touch by accompanying herself on the Senegalese “casse-casse”.

Mouna sings the traditional Moroccan Sufi repertoire. She plays congas, the bendir (North African frame drum), karkabet, djembe and the “casse-casse” among others.

Where she’s studied music:

She studied at the “C.I.A.M.” music school in Bordeaux, France and was at the same time taught by and played with visiting musicians from Cuba and Brazil. Mouna also studied singing and percussion in Cuba. Whilst in Cuba, she fascinated the Cubans with her traditional Moroccan repertoire. She was invited with Simon to open for the house band of the legendary music venue “Café de la Trova” in Santiago de Cuba. They went on to play several festivals around Santiago.

Who’s she played with:

Mouna Eddrou has  played with “Macunaima” one of France’s top samba schools with whom she played an active role in carnivals and stage performances.

In the UK, she was  a founding member of The Moroccan’Roll Convention, played extensively on the London scene with “Haleshla”. She also played and toured with artists such as Hassan Erraji from Morocco.

Artist profile of Mouna Eddrou, latest projects:

Mouna’s latest project is singing vocals on the new “Chaka Chouka” album with Haji Mike, Bernard O’neill and Simon. Her haunting Sufi-inspired lyrics perfectly compliment Haji Mike’s dub poetry. She is also currently working on the new Syriana album, “Syriana 1325” which is based in Morocco.

 

Click here to listen to Mouna singing and drumming traditional Moroccan music.