Some of these artists live in exile, but continue to focus attention on the plight of the citizens of their embattled homelands.
Aziza Brahim is the granddaughter of Al Kadra, revered war poetess of the Saharawi, the people of the Western Sahara, most of whose land has been annexed by Morocco.
Born and raised in Algerian refugee camps, Aziza learnt to play the tabal, the traditional drum of her people.
Beating out the rhythm, she lifts her hauntingly beautiful voice to chronicle the history of the Saharawi, the decades of war, civil uprisings and life as a refugee, whether in the camps of Algeria or in the Spanish city of Barcelona where she now resides.
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