Mahmoud Guinia


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June 28, 2011 at 5:03 pm

there are never enough of his jams to listen to.

thanks for a new one!

Mr Tearreply
June 28, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Can never get too much Mahmoud Guinia. Moroccan Tape Stash just posted an incredible tape here:

And you can find more from the man here:

Thanks again!

tim abdellahreply
June 28, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Many thanks for this one (and for your previous offerings)! Inspired in part by your blog, I recently started one of my own. my latest offering is a cassette of Mahmoud Guinia with a raucous trap drummer. Stop by here sometime!

William J. Bradyreply
June 28, 2011 at 7:57 pm

This tape is just as you described it. I thought I recognized the name and it was when I Dled the other one you posted a while ago. great stuff

July 4, 2011 at 4:10 am

Mega! Blessings to you thursdayborn and to Mr Tear for the additional links. Grateful for the monster jams to soundtrack the extended holiday weekend here in the states.

July 10, 2011 at 10:10 pm

amen & holly lou

July 11, 2011 at 8:30 am

Woah, what a fantastic blog, it’s like I found a goldmine. I love my African music, especially Soukouss and Malian Blues but I’ve recently read about the Gnawa festival and wanted to find out more on this guy. He’s meant to be the king.

September 27, 2011 at 1:16 am

Saw this guy and his band at Montreal’s 350th Anniversary celebrations, summer 1992 in an outdoor concert. Bought one of his tapes – great that you’re pointing the way to finding more of this incredibly trancey music.

October 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Amazin stuff . thank you so much

January 1, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Why is this music “so ill”, that is pure Gnawa Music from Morocco, existing far before Rock’n Roll was invented. In the 1960’s a lot of western Rockstars went to Essaouira, the center of Gnawa Music, to jam with the local heros and be inspired, one of them was Jimi Hendrix.
It is a brillant idea to bring all this tapes online on a blog, so everybody can listen to it and taste the musical culture from Africa, esp. lots of stuff you’ll have difficulties to find elsewhere. But you’re an music ethnologist, so I would be glad to hear some background knowledge of you about the music you’re presenting, not just saying “so ill” or “insane music” etc.
You’re living in Brooklyn, many african shops have digitalisied their favourite tapes and are selling them as copies, some great stuff to find there, no need to travel to Africa for that;-D
Keep on going, Cheers, Fela from Munich, Bavaria

February 9, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Side B doesn’t work?

Brian Shimkovitzreply
February 15, 2012 at 1:18 am

actually, fela, i feel there are millions of websites explaining why gnawa is important and where it comes from so i would rather not waste tons of time rehashing what’s already been written better by other people. just because i studied ethnomusicology doesn’t mean i am in expert in every kind of music i post :)

Brian Shimkovitzreply
February 15, 2012 at 1:21 am

…And I think Side B still works, at least it seems to work for me when I click (loads slowly though!) thanks.

March 29, 2012 at 6:09 pm

hey brian.
B side doesn’t work for me.
i didn’t know that you are an ethnomusicologist.

well, many thanks for what you are doing here.

i also found another blog which might be interesting for full-fledged and layman ethnomusicologists, it’s not specialized in a region, don’t know if you could link it in the sidebar thing:


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June 7, 2014 at 2:25 am

[…] of East Ensemble | SONG: Rampi Rampi | Mahmoud Guinia | SONG: Side A | Rouicha Mohamed | SONG: Track 01 | Tickle | SONG: Too Jung | FMA Hanine Y Son Cubano | […]

August 19, 2015 at 1:55 pm


big thumb up from France. Keep going !!

paul allenreply
November 10, 2015 at 5:46 am

I bought 2 bootleg CD’s of music from Fez April 14…with no name….listening to Gilles Peterson recently he played Mahmoud with James Holden..its the same riffs and vocals which means I have nuggets no-one has! I’m delighted and will spread the word….

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