Fez - During a press conference on Tuesday in the Barceló Hotel in Fez, Sonia Mbarek, director of International Festival of Carthage and a young artist of classical Arab Music, spoke about her “Wajd” project and expressed her views about the Arab Spring and the tendencies that dominate it.
Fez – During a press conference on Tuesday in the Barceló Hotel in Fez, Sonia Mbarek, director of International Festival of Carthage and a young artist of classical Arab Music, spoke about her “Wajd” project and expressed her views about the Arab Spring and the tendencies that dominate it.
Prior to her performance in Sidi Mohamed Ben Youssef Cultural Complex, Sonia Mbarek entertained the journalists at the press conference with her eloquence and refined vocabulary in both French and Arabic.
The artist seemed to be modest, yet self-confident and willing to answer all questions gracefully and accurately as a result of 30 years of experience in the domain of art devoted to Arab Andalucían Sufi Music. She said that she has strong principles concerning music and uses them to initiate dialogue and communicate with peoples.
Sonia expressed her desire to participate in work that joins Arab artists mainly from Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco. She also suggested the idea of creating a great network of artists in the region that would make collaboration easy between them. She said that this could happen with the will of artists and a strong sponsor.
When asked to speak about herself, Mbarek said that apart from being an artist, she is an academic researcher and a professor of human rights and copyright. She confesses that at times she swims against the current by sticking to her principles concerning her type of music.
Concerning the Arab Spring, Sonia called for a Cultural Revolution and education for children to better understand each other without harming their identity as Arabs and Muslims.
Sonia says that success does not simply come easily because artists are always asked for novelty and ingenuity, and must educate young artists to trust themselves, be honest with the fans, and work hard.
She also considered the use of the Moroccan dialect in songs as something positive because it may reveal the true feeling of the song, be it happiness or sorrow, and promote communication between peoples.
Photos Credit: Omar Chennafi
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