the music reviews
This type of music is five hundred years old. It came to Marrakech with black African slaves from Mali. Their descendants are the Gnawi of Morocco. They perform derdeba ceremonies, in which evil spirits are exorcised. Their traditional instruments are the sintir, the qarkaba and the ganga; a lute with three strings, large metal castanets and a drum. Hassan Hakmoun has played Gnawa music since the age of four. He went to New York about twenty years ago and began integrating Western musical instruments into Gnawa music. In the CD featured here, he uses Arab musical instruments. You can hear an oud, a banjo, a dumbec and orchestral violins. I recently went to a concert by Hakmoun. His music made everyone dance joyfully. I heard musical echoes of every "style" of music that exists. Gnawa music reveals the truth about music. Hassan is a human musical instrument. Music, which exists everywhere in the universe, plays him. He directs this power with the honorable intent of healing and cleansing. This music is auditory apophyllite!
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Michael Hawes was born in Texas, raised in Louisiana and lives in British Columbia.