SOUNDS OF THE SAHARA

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.

1 Comment

  • Gaby Rattner

    Hi there from Durham University in the UK. I am looking to speak to somebody who would know about the gnawa? If at all possible, please get in touch. Thank you.

    Kind regards,

    Gaby

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