Sultry, twenty-something Malika, trawls the grimy side streets of Tangier in skinny jeans and sticky, frayed Converse faintly reeking of stale lager, eyeing from beneath the shadow cast by a flurry of jet black bangs the dead-end world before her … Think Siouxsie Sioux and Johnny Thunders, guitars in tow, meet Hindi Zahra in the burned-out basement of a seedy Moroccan haunt; our girl is one part woman, two parts rebel, and five parts pure, unfiltered rock and roll, working at a French call centre by day and kicking out the jams by night, stuck between Maroc and a hard place. What a country – sun, sea, and sand, and all of us burning to get out, she lets rip into a hot microphone clutched by a set of sweaty fingers and dirty nails, as the band drives forth to a lugging, primordial rhythm and the studs of her white faux-leather biker jacket gleam beneath a sole bulb dangling from the ceiling.IIIIIIII’m so boooooored with Mo-ro-cco – but what can I dooooo!?
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