Oum

Oum: After the success of her first album 'Soul of Morocco', Oum is back with new material and a new show entitled Zarabi which means carpets in Darija, the everyday language of Morocco. Inspired by her meeting with a group of women who weave carpets in M’hamid El Ghizlan, these weavers have an original way of making carpets by using old clothes their clients bring. Watching them gather the memories contained in these garments and turning them into carpets, Oum felt a strong connection with their work. The parallel of fact assembling, weaving, creating and reflecting on emotions felt similar to her method of writing and composing songs. Her new album thus promises to bring the fruit of patient research into her own rich and fertile experiences in which she addresses the themes of fragile freedom, love and desire. Oum's sound blends soul, gnawa and hassani rhythms as well as jazz influences that develop a subtle musical world in which her Saharan origins echo. Taking place on 1 April, 2017 at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.