Prepare to be seduced. Close your eyes and breathe. The music will do the rest.
Gnawa (or Gnaua, I guess sometimes) is a music style that captured, enslaved and uplifted me in the most powerful way. Gnawa are ancient African religious songs, performed by a large group of musicians, with traditional Moroccan instruments, singing rhythmically repeated lines of poetry at speeding pace. Read more on Gnawa here and here.
I cannot get enough of it. I feel I have found my inner rhythm.
“Gnawa Diffusion” is a contemporary band from Algeria. Theirs is a magical fusion of traditional gnawa sounds with a slight modern twist.
I promise, you will be hearing a lot of these guys from me!