Ben Harper : vocals and slide guitar
Jason Mozersky : lead guitar
Jesse Ingalls : bass
Jordan Richardson : drums
If I could only hear my mother pray again
If I could hear her tender voice as then
How happy I would be
It would mean so much to me
If I could hear my mother pray again.
Ben Harper, Mother Pray
Born in California into a family of instrument makers, Ben Harper draws on the roots of rock, soul, folk, blues and gospel, and takes us to the heart of traditional contemporary America – the America of Bob Dylan and Jack Kerouac, and also that of all black or white hobo artists wandering endlessly in search of another life.
The nomadic singers and dancers of this America contain the essence of spirituality, stemming from memories of a lost Africa, of the vicissitudes of slavery and the hopes of early settlers.
Ben Harper knows this America – he reinvents it in his music, searching for dignity in the world of gospel and the black churches, in the poetic ballads of Woody Guthrie and in protest songs later inspired by Jamaican reggae.
This is Harper’s first visit to Morocco, where he offers an acoustic concert inspired by the Festival’s theme.