Sisters in Song: The all-women Arab bands blazing a trail in Syria and Morocco

by Beckypublished on 24th October 2023

This film celebrates contemporary Arab female bands as they break barriers, preserve heritage music and overcome obstacles – all to a great soundtrack. Meet the Takht ensemble in Syria and the Chefchaouen Hadra Sufi band from Morocco, all-women bands making their names and performing to big audiences. Al Jazeera World go backstage with both groups, sharing the pain of long rehearsals, the planning of far-away concerts, the adrenalin of live performances and life away from the spotlight.

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