Preview: Gnawa Night – Maalem Hamid El Kasri @ Nell’s Jazz & Blues (London; Wednesday 25th July 2018)


In days when gnawa music popularity has grown exponentially and its sound has seduced DJs and producers all over the world, there’s no better occasion to travel back to its roots, attending an event exposing and celebrating one of its masters.

On 25th July, London’s West End venue Nell’s Jazz & Blues will indeed host a one-off performance of Maalem Hamid El Kasri, who can easily be considered as one of the most significant interpreters of gnawa.

The Moroccan guembri player, next to his exceptional talent, is also admired for his cultural and social influence. He’s a true music ambassador, being able to bond Northern and Southern Morocco traditions and transpose them in the present through his original musicianship and countless collaborations (the latest in chronological order is one with Snarky Puppy on the Gnaoua Festival stage, which happened only a few days ago).

To enjoy one of Maalem Hamid El Kasri’s shows is a rare honour, which will undoubtedly help you understand why more and more music enthusiasts are charmed and end up possessed by gnawa hypnotic rhythms.

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