Aza is a musical band that was founded in Santa Cruz (California) by two members: Fattah Abbou and Mohamed Aoualou. Both are from Morocco and currently live in Santa Cruz.
Their debut album, Marikan (America) (2003) is a stirring journey through the music of the Amazigh (Berber) culture, infused with a modern western influence. This six-piece ensemble creates a unique and powerful sound filled with gripping melodies, complex harmonies, and traditional African instruments.
Their second album Tamghra Wushen (The Wedding of the Jackal) (2007) embraces a modern mix of instruments from all parts of the world. As drum sets dance with tabla grooves, and the mysterious sounds of oud and ribab mix with acoustic and electric guitars, the vocals usher a haunting and passionate journey through the heart of Amazigh culture.