Gnawa, a style of spiritual music originating from descendants of Sub-Saharan African slaves, has become increasingly popular in Morocco. We were lucky enough to spend some time with the group Pigeons du Sable during our stay in the desert. A few more facts about Gnawa:
Considered folkloric, Gnawa is a combination of dance, sound and oral-storytelling.
Visitors are invited to dance with the group as they perform, making this a collaborative experience.
The heart of the Gnawa sound is the guembri, a 3 stringed lute that plays a bass line.
Other instruments heard are: the ganga (drum), grageb (metal castanets), and hand clapping.