The king of Gnawa music’s album Aicha is reissued.
Mahmoud Guinia (Gania or Guenya) was born in 1951 in the city of Essaouira, the second son of a master of Gnawa music. His family of both the father’s and mother’s sides came from present day Mali. They were employed as soldiers in the sultan’s army.
The Guinia family is regarded as the main representative for the Saouiri style.
He plays the guembri.
Maâllem Mahmoud Guinia died in 2015.
Live performance in Marrakech in 2014.
“Famo” is an accordion-based popular style of music in Lesotho, with roots in the South African mines.
Listen to Hugh Masekela’s “Stimela”, and you’ll get a vision of the men on the train coming from far away to get a job.
There’s a lot of gang violence associated with this music, but that’s another subject. Just enjoy Famo…