Maalem Abdenbi EL GUEDARIZaouia Issaoua
Maâlem Abdenbi was born in Marrakech and currently lives in Casablanca. He developed his artistic practice at the advice of Maâlem H’mida Boussou. Having become a maâlem in his own right, today he leads the group Sidi Mimoun, working regularly in Italy, where he is recording an album. His style refers to his origins, and his music evokes both Casablanca and Marrakech versions of the Gnaoua traditions. He has spread awareness of the Gnaoua culture in Europe, and often at the Essaouira Festival, Maâlem Abdenbi has played in fusion with major international artists, like French guitarist Titi Robin in 2006. In 2009, he created a sensation by playing with Moroccan DJs Unes and Hak’x. Since then, this maâlem – with a very special aura – continues to charm his devoted fans each year, on the mainstages and in Lila concert sessions.