Gnawa Music, Culture, and People

The ancestral memory (turath) of the displaced and enslaved people that were brought to Morocco is preserved mainly in their songs and dances.
For the Gnawa, the spirit world is inhabited by ancestral spirits who, among other spiritual creatures, can be used for either good or evil purposes. The gnawa have modernized their style. With these recent developments and their appeal to tourists, the Moroccan government in 1997 established The Gnawa and World Music Festival in Essaouira. This blog will be a representation of this musical style, the gnawa peoples themselves, and the places in which they live and have lived.

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B’Nat Gnawa and company at Gnaoua Festival last year. Beautiful peeps!

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Little Gnawa apprentice and his father.

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Pigeons du Sable, doing what they do best. Jammin’. They live in the desert village Khamlia.

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Dunes of Erg Chebbi. I’m like O_O

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The Musical Variation in Morocco - Gnawa Music in Essaouira 

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He’s like, one of my faves.





Can we say  I’m onto Algerian/ Gnawi music? 


Gnawa Music Concert (Tunis, Tunisia)


Lupita Nyong’o lands her first ever Vogue magazine cover.

Whilst not a throwback post, this is still history in the making. She’s won multiple awards, is the new face of beauty brand Lancome, has acquired the rights to produce Chimamanda Adichie’s ‘Americanah’, bringing it to celluloid, is starring in the latest Star Wars flick and now, she’s on the cover of American Vogue.

If you, like us, follow her on instagram you probably noticed that she was recently in Morocco. Whilst we know she was taking a vacation, we also now know that Nyong’o was hard at work shooting for her spread in Vogue, photographed by Mikael Jansson.

Don’t quote us on this but we think she’s the first ever Kenyan actress to land this cover and one of the few African women to do so, aside from Iman and Alek Wek.

Read about her interview with Vogue, to appear in the July issue.

She was in Morocco, okay?

Gnawa meets Amazigh rhythm!

Maalem el Kasri at Festival Jawhara Ben Jdid.

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