Come and celebrate the successful partnership between UCLA African Studies Center and Moroccan American Cultural Center in LA with an evening of Moroccan music with MoMo Loudiyi & Loud Oasis.
MOMO LOUDIYI on vocals, guitars and Moroccan Sintir, Grammy winner KC PORTER on keys and vocals, Algerian singer and dumbek player FELA OUDANE, Cameroonian drummer and singer JOSMAN MBELLA, Bassist virtuoso IAN WALKER, World class guitarist KAMIL RUSTAM
Momo Loudiyi is a world performing artist, producer and singer/songwriter whose music ties together many cultures and expressions into a multi-dimensional celebration of life.
Based in Los Angeles, MoMo has won over many hearts with his openness in musical expression and musical versatility that dissolves all boundaries of genre.
You will see him in concert, collaborating with internationally renowned musicians from Rock to Jazz, to conscious music, to Ethnic World music – West African to Persian, Ethiopian, Reggae and more. You’ll hear his sound landscapes in TV and film, and his magical, organic live music for yoga at workshops and retreats with the world’s leading yoga teachers.
But the real treat is seeing MoMo’s live show with his Moroccan World Pop Band, a soaring blend of uplifting Moroccan rhythms, entrancing melodies, and contemporary sonic layers. His exotic voice and delicate playing of the Moroccan Sintir that invokes his Ancestors is compelling, highly danceable and good medicine for body and soul.
Born in Casablanca into a Moroccan Sufi Musical Tradition, Momo Loudiyi moved to Europe to expand his musical range with intensive studies in jazz, rock, flamenco and composition. From early on, his musical ambitions led him to tour and collaborate with artists including UB40, Living Colors, Paula Cole, Hassan Hakmoun, and other renowned world music artists in such venues as the Hollywood Bowl, UCLA Royce Hall, the Beacon Theater, New York Symphony Space, Le Lido, UNESCO, Wanderlust, Harmony Festival and Bhakti Fest.In 2008, his musical expansion brought him back full circle to the sacred Sufi Hamadcha brotherhood of Fes, Morocco. The outcome was his album Loud Oasis, called “superbly produced and performed” by Michael Mollura in LA YOGA Magazine. This recording unites a lifetime of musical influences in the unique world music fusion style of Moroccan Roll. Loud Oasis features more than 40 world-class musicians and is available at major online retailers including iTunes and Amazon, at www.momoloudiyi.bandcamp.com and at www.loudoasis.com.