Les Filles de Illighadad come from a remote Sahara village in Niger and produce subtly grooving desert blues with guitars and gourds. Asmâa Hamzaoui and her group Bnat Timbouktou are a sensation in Moroccan gnawa music. Traditionally, women play a major role in the Touareg trance of Les Filles de Illighadad, though they seldom show it to the outside world. This does not apply to Asmâa Hamzaoui: the spiritually charged gnawa is usually played by men. But Hamzaoui, daughter of a malaam (master musician), picked up the three-stringed gimbri (bass) at a young age already and has now conquered the hearts of many gnawa enthusiasts. Her debut album is expected in 2019.