Sebitiyin: Innov Gnawa perform the Jewish songs of Gnawa – Podcast 230

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In this incredible episode we capture Innov Gnawa performing the “Sebatayin” repetoire, Gnawa music performed traditionally in Morrocco for the Jewish Community.  They performed this for the end of Passover at Greenwich House Music School as part of the UNCHARTED concert series.

The Jewish presence in Morocco dates back to over 2,500 years ago and upon interaction with the gnawa community, a bond formed over appreciation for gnawa music and its healing powers. Gnawa music pre-dates Islam and originally centered around animistic, spiritual, mystical concepts sung in sub-Saharan languages such as Bambara, Fulani and Sudani. Upon embracing Islam, gnawa songs began to incorporate Arabic language and themes around the Muslim prophets. Sebitiyin, meaning The Saturdays in Moroccan Arabic, is the collection of songs that grew out of the gatherings hosted by the Jewish community for the revered gnawa maalems whom they deeply respected. Themes of these songs still include the original elements of spirits and the natural world, and later came to incorporate shared saints from their Abrahamic traditions. Today, it is still rare to find a maalem that knows this full repertoire so we are especially lucky to have Maalem (Master) Hassan Ben Jaafer, son of the late Abdallah Ben Jaafer, lead us through a powerful moment of unity in music.

 
Personnel:
Maalem (Master) Hassan Ben Jaafer – vocals and sintir
Samir Langus – vocals and qraqeb (castanets)
Amino Belyamani- vocals and qraqeb (castanets)
Ahmed Jeriouda- vocals and qraqeb (castanets)
Nawfal Atiq- vocals and qraqeb (castanets)
Said Bourhana- vocals and qraqeb (castanets)
David Lizmi – vocals and qraqeb (castanets)

Uncharted is a concert series featuring New York-based artists premiering new projects or meeting with new collaborators for the first time on stage that has consistently drawn the attention of tastemakers and curators from across the city over the past three years. The Uncharted season delivers eclectic excellence in a broad selection of musical genres representing New York City’s diverse artistic community, including Mexican folkloric, ragtime, classical, electronic, jazz, ancient Moroccan devotional and contemporary R&B.

Artwork done live by Joan Chiverton
A poem written in the 1920’s read during the event

 

Gnaoua Fest is coming to NYC Podcast 226

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The world-renowned Moroccan Festival Gnaoua et Musiques du MondeEssaouira celebrates its 20th anniversary with a debut NYC collaboration. Great Maalems (masters) and all-stars of the festival trace a musical journey of the ancient music of Gnawa during a night of trance and tradition.

There will be events all week in NYC.

In this WKCR broadcast we get to speak with master drummer, Will Calhoun; Samir Langus and Nawfal Atiq of Innov Gnawa  Meera Dugal of Lincoln Center, about what to expect and delve deep into this magical tradition

Will Calhoun

March 16th | Gnaoua Festival Tour 2017 Kickoff Concert at the David Rubenstein Atrium ft. Maalem Hamid El Kasri, Maalem Abdeslam Alikkane + special guest Maalem Hassan Ben Jaafer
https://www.facebook.com/events/1890793107822486/
March 17th | Gnaoua Festival Tour 2017 tradtional concert with Maalem Abdeslam Alikkane at The New School Jazz
https://events.newschool.edu/…/gnaoua_festival_tour_2017_an…
March 19th | Gnaoua et Jazz at Pioneer Works with Maalem Hamid El Kasri, Maalem Abdeslam Alikkane, Will Calhoun, Marcus Strickland, Marc Cary, and Jamaaladeen Tacuma
https://www.facebook.com/events/657330721116926/

Monday, March 20 at 6:30 PM – 9 PM
 Panel + Innov Performace at The New School Jazz
 Randy Weston Masterclass ft. Maalam Hassan Benjaafar and Samir LanGus of Innov Gnawa (Lec/Dec) To be resecheduled due to weather 
https://www.facebook.com/events/393158167717471/

Africa/India Series: Innov Gnawa with Brooklyn Raga Massive All Stars – Podcast 179

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itunes-button1Of all the concerts I’ve produced this was one of the most exciting and meaningful.  This installation of Africa/India Series live at ShapeShifter Lab was a synergy of the Morrocan trance tradition embodied by Hassan Ben Jaffer and Innov Gnawa as we combined forces with the musicians of the Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars.

Thanks to Sameer Gupta for mixing this Mutha!

INNOV GNAWA
Maalem (Master)Hassan Ben Jaafer (Sintir, vocals)
Samir Langus (Sintir, Vocals)
Ahmed Jeriouda (Vocals, percussion)
Amino Belyamani (Vocals, percussion)
Said Sayed (Vocals, percussion)
Nawfal Atiq (Vocals, percussion)

BRM ALL-STARS
Guy Mintus (Piano, Melodica)
David Ellenbogen (Guitar)
Adam Maalouf (Percussion)
Kevin Nathaniel (mbira, percussion)
Hany ElDiwany (Surbahar)

 Michael Gam (Bass)

Sitting in: Pawan Benjamin (Sax), Aaron Shregge (trumpet) Ken Shoji (violin) Vin Scalia (percussion) Jessica Lurie (Sax)
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