comes from a family of musicians and dancers of African folklore. She
grew up singing, dancing and drumming, in the ceremonies or lilas in
the sub-Saharan quarter of Rabat, Morocco. Her father was a prominent
musician in the court of King
Hassan II, and introduced her to the myriad of troupes that
performed before the Moroccan throne.
Hassania frequently became possessed while dancing, a gift shared by
many members of her family, and soon distinguished herself as a channel
for jins or spirits. As a youth in the Moroccan capitol of Rabat, she
studied modern dance, hip-hop, and martial arts, and came to dominate
the folk traditions practiced by her family and neighbors. She performed
in several large festivals, appeared on television, and taught song
and dance to children.
in the United States she has participated with a variety of folklore
groups, including Marhaba, Hand of Fatima.
She has appeared at a broad range of events, and her dancing has been
reviewed in the SF
Weekly and the San
Hassania is also an excellent percussionist in her own right, and has
performed with Michael
Pluznick and the Village Drummers, Obakosó, and on video
with Kim Atkinson.
She also teaches and performs traditional drumming and singing from