Gnawa Soul

Gnawa culture was registered as part of the intangible heritage of humanity in 2019. Its animist origins come from descendants of slaves brought to Maghreb during the Arab trade in sub-Saharan Africa.

Motkar Gania is the brother of the late Maalem Mahmoud Gania.
(Maalem is an honorary title awarded to those who are able to transmit knowledge or know-how).

Old African Music

Dancing Under the Moon

Centuries‑old Sufi musical tradition from Morocco revisited.

Jajouka is the name of a hidden village in the Jebala foothills of northern Morocco. You won’t find it on any roadmap. But Jajouka is the home of the tribe Ahl Serif, sometimes translated as The Saintly, because they are descended from an Arab healer called Sidi Hamid Sheich, whose shrine the Ahl Serif hold sacred. The tribal musicians’ fame derives from their preservation of music whose origins go back to antiquity. William Burroughs called The Master Musicians of Jaouka “the four thousand year-old rock and roll band.”

The Master Musicians of Jajouka have been recorded many times over the years, often in collaboration with artists as diverse as Ornette Coleman and the Rolling Stones, and this new album, Dancing Under the Moon, sounds like their finest ever.


Mahmoud Guinia – Colours of the Night

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.