The Kennedy Center

Ribab Fusion


A feverishly funky sign of a new era, Ribab Fusion celebrates Morocco’s Amazigh (Berber) culture as it flies from ‘70s-style funk to Afropop dance vibes, from slow jams to high-energy call-and-responses choruses. The one-stringed bowed ribab weaves all the madcap diversity together, sometimes gritty, sometimes soothing as a well-played sax. It’s a jazzy mix that wows technically and sets people celebrating.

Foulane Bouhssine, Band leader, Ribab, Violin, Vocals
Ouarssas Ahmed, Loutar, Guitar
Jamal Boumadkar, Bass Guitar
Mohamed Bounit, Traditional Percussion
Redouane Maris, Keyboards
Mehdi Nassouli, Gimbri (Hajhuj), Percussion, Vocals
Youness Teftal, Drums

Watch Past Performances

Video 9/16/2014: A Center Stage Double Bill featuring Ribab Fusion and Khumariyaan

Peshawar’s hyper-folk jam quartet and Morocco’s Amazigh (Berber) funk sensation make their U.S. debuts and kick off their month-long American tours. Part of Center Stage, a program created by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with New England Foundation for the Arts.

  Ribab Fusion