Gnawa, music and beyond # 171

Gnawa, music and beyond

11:15, Saturday 15th June, CMB 1&2

rai 171 gnawa-music-and-beyond

  • Director/Anthropologist: Jacques Willemont, Viviana Paques
  • Year of Release: 2012
  • Duration: 57 mins
  • Country of Production: France
  • Location: Morocco


Gnawa music, which blends wonderfully with jazz, charms the whole world. However, it is often forgotten that this music was originally created to heal. It heals the soul and the spirit, but to do so, a maâlem and a few krakeb players won’t suffice. Indeed, a strict ritual must be followed as the musical instruments, the music, the songs, the dance steps, the coloured fabrics, and the perfumes all have a meaning. And asking questions as would a journalist will not be enough to discover this meaning.

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