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February 20, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Fantastic! Thank you very much.

February 20, 2010 at 11:42 pm


February 21, 2010 at 12:20 am


JU MLreply
February 21, 2010 at 11:05 am

Does anyone have any idea what the track titles say?

Mr Tearreply
February 21, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Another gem. Many thanks.

Tim Abdellahreply
February 22, 2010 at 7:05 am

Here’some transcription/translation/interpretation:

(Sidi Hammou)
Hamdawa with M’allem ‘Zouzou’

song titles listed:
Baba Hammou; Salaouat Nabina; La ilaha illa Llah; Sousiya; Lemouima; Sidi Mousa; Touba; Ma zal lila; Moulat leghram Fassiya; A Nabina Bu Fatma

how these titles relate to the 4 tracks shared here:
Track 1: Salaouat Nabina
Track 2: La ilaha illa Llah
Track 3: Baba Hammou
Track 4: Sousiya suite (featuring most of the remaining titles listed, beginning with Lemouima)

additional printed info:
‘this cassette was recorded at Studio Shams al Maghrib’
address listed is in the city of Meknes.

This sounds like a Fes wedding band doing Gnawa songs. I’m guessing Hamdawa is the name of the singer. The sleeve features images of Gnawa musicians, the largest being of a man seated holding the guinbri (or sintir or hajhouj) lute. However, that instrument is nowhere to be heard on this tape.

Have been enjoying the blog for some time. Thanks for sharing these!

February 23, 2010 at 5:50 am

Nice! thanks!

some pigreply
February 25, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Track 4 is a spiraling delight. Thank God for it’s length; I never want it to end!

February 28, 2010 at 2:01 pm

fantastic – thank you, my wife and i are dancing around the room to this right now.. brilliant..

March 12, 2010 at 9:23 pm

i love this so much. your blog is amazing

dylan lloyd tatereply
March 19, 2010 at 12:16 am

wow! this is working SO good with this joyous new spring blossoming in central michigan. Thats what this music and this blog is all about – cross culture recognition and appreciation of the colors that exist in all of us.


March 25, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Funnily enough I came across the phrase “La ilaha illaLlah” (there is no god but God) being chanted with the same melody by the Moroccan Gnawa musician Hassan Ben Jaffar on the new Balkan Beat Box album on the song Buhala. Must be a traditional melody, it’s certainly a very beautiful one.

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May 9, 2010 at 7:53 pm

`great how some hitech spambot must just FEEL from this post you’re into cosplay!! I would have NEVER read into this! Great site and I’m still going strong on Ata Kak!!

May 18, 2010 at 4:46 pm

He looks also a Spanish musician.

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December 16, 2010 at 7:12 pm

More gnawa please!

February 13, 2011 at 8:00 am


rahsaan roland cakereply
December 26, 2011 at 10:09 pm

for folks in nyc: there’s a gnawa group recently formed- saw them at colors last week and they’re ill. fb here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Said-Damir/203051609778718?sk=wall

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