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Musical Obsession at Roskilde Festival's Gloria Stage
Hamadcha Sufi Tariqa completes the programme of obsessive, ethnic music on Roskilde Festival’s smallest stage.

Our intimate stage Gloria presents a challenging schedule of mesmerising music from Africa, The Caribbean and Eastern Europe.

The musical trance and persistent repetition in the rhythms and vocal harmonies are common among the very different artists appearing in this schedule.

With their Arabian oboes, exotic major scales and persistent percussion rhythms HAMADCHA SUFI TARIQA of ESSAOUIRA (MAR) creates a unique space that is both timeless and drags you down through the centuries. The roots of this music reach more than 500 years back in time and are part of the mystic and poetic sufi tradition of Islam.

Besides the Moroccan orchestra, which has been announced today, another two acts are a part of the schedule. SON PALENQUE is the leading band of the genre Palenque that was founded among fugitive, African slaves in the village of Palenque de San Basilio, Columbia hundreds of years ago.

With about 30 years and a whole series of albums under the belt, Son Palenque fuses cumbia, highlife and Afrobeat in their own transatlantic mixture. The old foxes deliver a soundtrack that is alive and vibrant, even if past history goes far back in time.

MAJOVCI GROUP is synonymous with a unique form of wedding music, an almost trance-like sound played on a zurla – a kind of obo with the same sound as bagpipes – and giant tapan drums.

Majovci Group’s music and band members are direct descendants of this tradition, which dates back more than a thousand years. With this fascinating dance orchestra, you’ll get an exotic breath of air from Eastern Europe’s colourful past.  

Yet again, Roskilde Festival is the place to be when you want to be challenged and expand your musical genres. This ‘block’ is just a small section of a very wide and rich musical lineup that embrace all continents and remote corners of the world.  

More music to come
It's getting close but Roskilde Festival is not quite done yet. The last acts in the lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.


See you at Roskilde Festival 5 – 8 July 2012
(warm-up from 30 June to 4 July)