PFCF program Joudour Sahara in M’hamid El Ghizlane, Morocco has come together with major music platform Splice to release a soundpack featuring more than 50 musicians and teachers from the region!

Sound artists Susie Ibarra and Jake Landau visited Joudour Sahara in October 2021 to record traditional musicians and our modern music teachers to capture a diverse spectrum of sounds from the region for Splice.

Susie Ibarra is a musician, composer, professor, and producer who has recorded and produced several soundpacks for Splice. She is also a TED Fellow and National Geographic Explorer.

It has been such a joy and wonderful experience to produce Sounds of Drâa Valley, Morocco with the community of the Joudour Sahara Music School, Playing For Change Foundation and all of these incredible traditional music artists. The Draa Valley is filled with a deep magical well of beautiful culture that has been populating nomadic life in the South Sahara for centuries. We are so excited to be able to share their amazing sounds with you all.

Susie Ibarra

Jake Landau is a multi-instrumentalist, sound engineer, and producer who has worked with Ibarra on several projects, such as her large scale work in collaboration with fellow TED Fellow and Glaciologist Michelle Koppes, ‘Water Rhythms: Listening to Climate Change’.