We’re thrilled to welcome Majid Bekkas to TRK for his West Coast Premiere! You won’t want to miss this one-night only event!
Majid Bekkas, the talented multi-instrumentalist transports music lovers to the crossroads of fusion between traditional Gnaoua music and the blues. Drawing his inspiration from diversity and openness to different musical cultures of the world, Bekkas has collaborated with jazz greats such as Archie Shepp and Joachim Kuhn, mixing blues, jazz, soul, and Tagnaouite genres. He learned to play the oud at the national conservatory of music and dance in Rabat, and in parallel the culture of the Gnaoua brotherhoods alongside Maâlem Ba Houmane, where he mastered the guembri. Majid plays other instruments with brio: oud, kalimba, guitar.
Majid has performed at festivals around the world as soloist, in trio formations and in other world music projects. In 2010, Bekkas was awarded the Al Farabi Prize by the Comité National de la Musique in Morocco for his contribution to Moroccan music. In 2015, he received the award of the Académie Charles-Cros in France for his album Al Qantara, and in February 2020, his album Magic Spirit Quartet was selected by Downbeat magazine as ‘Editor’s Choice’.