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    Hisham Mayet – Oulaya’s Wedding Screening + Talk

    Bread & Salt
    San Diego, California
    February 3, 2019

    The crowd assembles for the screening of Oulaya’s Wedding.
    The crowd assembles for the screening of Oulaya’s Wedding.

    On February 3, 2019, Hisham Mayet from the international music label Sublime Frequencies graced So Cal with his presence once again for the first time in several years. On the program tonight was a screening of Oulaya’s Wedding, “an impressionistic account of love, family, gender roles and ecstatic music in the Sahara desert. It’s an intimate portrait of a family of wedding musicians, their court of extended friends and peripheral misfits, who are giving away their eldest daughter’s hand in marriage. The film portrays the emotional and logistical maelstrom of a Sahraoui wedding. Presented are candid and sincere accounts by the residents, hosts, guests and artists that make these weddings a foundation of Saharan culture in the city of Dakhla.

    Oulaya's Wedding – Trailer (2017) from Cyrus Moussavi on Vimeo.

    Hisham Mayet introduces Oulaya’s Wedding.
    Hisham Mayet introduces Oulaya’s Wedding.

    Group Doueh, the most beloved family band in the Western Sahara, are the main subject of this documentary. Sublime Frequencies co-founder Hisham Mayet and his team, were Doueh’s personal guests and given unprecedented access to film and record the pageantry and stunning music of his daughter’s traditional Sahraoui wedding. The result is a film of warmth, humor and belonging through music in this remote and overlooked region in the midst of a rapidly changing Sahraoui culture.” Definitely check out Oulaya’s Wedding if you get a chance. It’s supposed to be available on a streaming platform at some point, and will hopefully even be released on the archaic DVD format.

    It's nice to know that 13.8 billion years after it formed, the space time continuum now finally has its very own logo.
    It’s nice to know that 13.8 billion years after it formed, the space time continuum now finally has its very own logo.

    Photos ©2019 by Arcane Candy.

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