Master Gnaoua Musicians in NYC May 21 2011 (World Nomads Morocco Festival)

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Master Gnaoua Musicians
Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 8pm
FIAF, Florence Gould Hall

Free Pre-concert Talk at 7pm
Stories from the Gnaoua and World Music Festival
Details below

Presented in partnership with Essaouira Mogador Association with the Gnaoua and World Music Festival and Yerma Gnaoua Association (Essaouira)
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Morocco's leading Gnaoua masters, representing the major Gnaoua centers of Essaouira and Marrakech, will present an unprecedented performance of this entrancing and mystical music. They include Mustapha Bakbou and Mahmoud Guinea, among others. Originating in sub-Saharan Africa, the music serves as both a prayer and a celebration of life with strong, distinctive rhythmic beats and acrobatic dancing.

The master musicians will be accompanied by Hassan Hakmoun, a Moroccan-American Gnaoua musician and innovative performing artist who will bring contemporary elements from funk, hip-hop, and reggae to further ignite this classic musical tradition.

Curated by Hassan Hakmoun

Free Pre-concert Talk
Stories from the Gnaoua and World Music Festival
Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 7pm
FIAF, Tinker Auditorium
Free; No RSVP required

Neila Tazi, director and producer of Essaouira's Gnaoua and World Music Festival, will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the Festival and its development, and share stories about the Gnaoua artists and their rich cultural tradition.

World Nomads Morocco Festival, April 30–May 31
Under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI

Mahmoud Guinea in 2009: