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2023 Performance

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February 25, 2023 8:00PM


Innov Gnawa in Concert


“The spirit of Gnawa is people.” – Ma’alem Hassan Ben Jaafer

Experience the transcendent, soulful rhythms of Gnawa music with Grammy-nominated music group Innov Gnawa, under the leadership of Ma'alem Hassan Ben Jaafer. This celebration in honour of Black History Month is presented in association with Small World Music.

Often referred to as “Sufi Blues,” Gnawa is rooted in Morocco’s ancient history. Over centuries, infectious rhythms and polytheistic spiritual beliefs originating from West African slaves integrated with Islam and the indigenous culture of Morocco, giving birth to a hybrid spiritual sect and musical community. The lyrics of Gnawa songs are prayers invoking saints and spirits for freedom and liberation.

Ma'alem Hassan Ben Jaafer will be accompanied by Amino Belyamani and Nawfal Atiq, along with guest musicians, all playing the qraqeb, metal castanets whose staccato sounds are said to represent the shackles and chains of slaves.

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