Aziza Brahim, who was born in a refugee camp in Tindouf (Algeria), is unquestionably the most important Saharan artist of her generation. She's been living in Barcelona since the late 1990s, where she sings songs where the 40-year exile of a people resonates. Her albums, produced by Chris Eckman for the label Glitterbeat, confirm her as one of the most respected voices – and activisits – in current-day Africa. Following 'Soutak', an album that kept her at the top of the World Music charts in Europe for three months, Brahim comes to the Blues & Ritmes festival for the first time and with a new effort, 'Abbar el Hamada'. And she brings with her a band that consists not only of northern African musicians but also with Guillermo Aguilar and Aleix Tobias, two reputed musicians from nearby Badalona who are touring the world along with the group.