Hamzaoui, Asmaa & Bnat Timbouktou
Barely 20 years old, she became the leader of the Bnat Tombouctou (Daughters of Timbuktu) group, and one of the youngest and very rare female ambassadors of Gnaoua culture. She inherited her passion from her father, the renowned Maâlem Rachid Hamzaoui. From her earliest age, she learned to play the guembri and accompanied her father at celebrations. Since 2012 she has led and performed with her own group. Bnat Timbuktu has remained faithful to tradition stylistically, but have introduced their own choice of subjects: separation, suffering, and the memory of Africa are dominant themes.