The Joudour Sahara Music Program in the small town of M’hamid el Ghizlane in southeastern Morocco serves as the only access point locally for youth to express themselves creatively. Joudour Sahara focuses on traditional music and dance from several diverse ethnic tribal groups who settled in the oasis of M’hamid from different corners of the Sahara desert centuries ago. The program also engages youth through blues music, dance, and community events. Joudour Sahara reaches 100 youth per week.




Check out this interview with Joudour Sahara co-founder @azizachaouniprojects discussing the context of M'hamid El Ghizlane , the challenges the community is facing due to climate change , and how Joudour Sahara is using a multi-dimensional approach to respond to these challenges.

Explore Ancient Sounds

The second edition of Zamane Festival is set to take place from 01 – 03 December . 2023 in M’hamid El Ghizlane

The Zamane Festival is a celebration of the ancient and diverse music styles found throughout the Southern Draa Valley in southeastern Morocco, featuring dozens of traditional musicians representing Gnawan, Arab, Amazigh, and Daraoua cultures.

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In November 2021, Joudour Sahara and partners Aziza Chaouni Projects and Sahara Roots Foundation were awarded the Holcim Global Prize for Sustainable Construction, the world’s most prestigious award for sustainable design and construction. The zero-cement Joudour Sahara Center for Music & Ecology is currently under construction, with the first facilities - a habitable water reservoir and music classroom - nearly complete. This cultural and environmental campus has been fully funded through Sahara Roots Foundation.

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