Our short film "From Mississippi to the Saharan Desert" is out! It tracks the music residency hosted by the Joudour Sahara Music Program with musicians Vasti Jackson, Maya Kyles, and local musicians from the M'hamid region of southern Morocco, and the incredible musical journey that resulted after the residency.
Two weeks, blues day and night, one massive sandstorm, powerful history lessons on the origin of blues music, and connections made across cultures that goes beyond music. Vasti then met the residency musicians at Visa For Music African and Middle Eastern music showcase in Rabat, Morocco to perform live with them and recorded a ten-track studio album fusing the Saharan and American styles of music. Vasti is producing the album and is expected to wrap up production in the coming months.
This project was supported by U.S. Embassy Rabat, Playing For Change Foundation, Taragalte Festival, and Vast Eye Music.