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The Saoura in southwest Algeria is the gateway to the Sahara. A centuries-old trade route for caravans runs through the valley, which became a melting pot of different religions and cultures of Berbers, Muslims, Jews, and Christians. It is home to mystical Islamic brotherhoods, but also to today’s women’s group Lemma. Lemma means being together, encounter, union. The hymns and lamentations of the Lemma women reflect the traditions and living conditions in the Saoura. Through their music and dance, the women from the oases Bechar and Kenadsa carry the blistering musical traditions from the edge of the desert to the Klangraum in the Minorite Church. Zaffânî, Hadra, Gnâwî, and Chaabi are the mythical and ritual songs and dances of the saints, healers, and the devout. To set the mood, poet Raoul Schrott will begin by reading from his novel “Die Wüste Lop Nor” [The Desert of Lop].

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