Learn more about the Center Stage exchange program at http://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/center-stage
From June through November, Center Stage introduces American communities
to seven dynamic arts ensembles from Morocco, Pakistan, and Vietnam.
This September the crowd-wowing Morcc'n Roll band
from Casablanca, Hoba Hoba Spirit, will tour the United States.
[Hoba Hoba Spirit's song, "Ma Ajebtinich" plays]
Anouar: What I like about my influences is that it's the only thing that have no limits. No frontiers, no nothing. That's what we are trying to do in our music, in Hoba Hoba. Since we are independent we don't have any major, we don't belong to any major company. We belong to ourselves. And to say to the others that every story, every story you live is worth to be sung, is worth to be living. Just be yourself.
Reda: Music is not about words or notes. It's about something happening. It's about trying to spread emotions. Spread them to an audience that understands you or don't understand you.
Adil: We are always glad to represent our music in places where people never heard about it because there is some cliche. You know, when you say people are coming from North Africa they think we play oriental music, you know, belly dancing, you know. We are not that kind of people so. By example, when we played in the Kennedy Center in 2009, even for me it was a shock. Because I wasn't expecting to those people, you know, well dressed people with ties and everything and then after 15 minutes, sweating! And they all come front and start dancing. You know, 50 years old people or something was even for me, was like, "Wow!"
Reda: So connecting to people who are not supposed to be able to connect to us, it's something we know and we are used to. It's work, no problem.
[Hoba Hoba Spirit's song, "Trabando" plays]