Saturday 13 May 2023

In Arabic, Jamsa (خمسة), or Tafust (ⵜⴰⴼⵓⵙⵜ) in Amazigh, refers to the Hand of Fatima: a symbol of protection and defence. Under this banner and to celebrate the Night of the Museums, Ikram Bouloum will perform her music in the Museum's Atrium — the heart of MACBA —, to be followed with a DJ set by Pasaporteman, one of the monikers of Baba Sy, co-founder of the Barcelona collective Jokkoo. A constellation of sounds from the African diaspora in dialogue with Bouchra Khalili’s exhibition, whose films and video installations weave together histories of postcolonial liberation and solidarity.

The live performances of the DJ and producer Ikram Bouloum (Torelló, 1993) explore a radical plurality of sounds that challenges any essentialist ideas of a supposed clash of cultures. Marked by geographical dislocation, Bouloum's sonic memory brings together a variety of rhythms and sub-bass frequencies to delineate a possible cartography of the Global South: from global bass to post-club experimentation, via dance music from the Maghreb and the Amazigh roots that run through the artist’s personal biography.

This pan-Africanist spirit lies at the heart of the Barcelona collective Jokkoo, of which Baba Sy is a co-founder. Created in 2019, Jokkoo’s musical militancy has placed the non-hegemonic aesthetics — and politics — of the African diaspora at the centre of Barcelona’s nightlife.


Ikram BouloumBaba Sy
Photo of Pasaporteman and Ikram Bouloum


9:30-10:30 pm

Ikram Bouloum (live)

10:30-12:00 pm

Pasaporteman (DJ set)

If you have any question, feel free to contact us on 93 481 33 68 or by email at macba [at] macba [dot] cat