INNOV GNAWA / Moroccan Night.
Date(s) - 04/10/2021
Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 7:00 PM EDT
Presented by Terraza 7 Outdoor Concert Series.
Saturday, April 10th, 2021 at 7:00
Donation suggested: $10.
Maalem Hassan Ben Jaafer / Sintir; Karkaba.
Samir LanGus / Sintir; Karkaba.
Nawfal Atik / Karkaba ; Jambe.
Ahmed Jariouda / Karkaba; Jambe.
Amino Belyamani / Vocals / Percussion.
Innov Gnawa is an NYC-based Grammy-nominate
Often referred to as “Sufi Blues,” Gnawa is rooted in Morocco’s ancient history. Over centuries, infectious rhythms and polytheistic spiritual beliefs originating from West African slaves integrated with Islam and the indigenous culture of Morocco, giving birth to a hybrid spiritual sect and musical community. The lyrics of Gnawa songs are actually prayers invoking saints and spirits for freedom and liberation. Like Blues music from the American south, Gnawa is revered and treasured throughout Morocco for its soulfulness.
Ma’alem Hassan Ben Jaafer was born in Fez in 1962. From a young age, he was immersed in Gnawa music and culture. His father Ma’alem Abdullah Ben Jaafer opened a zawiya, or a club for Gnawa musicians, where people serious about the heritage could come and learn, teach, practice, and share ideas freely. The zawiya provided constant enrichment and cross-fertiliza
Since arriving in the city in the late 1990s and settling into a bustling Moroccan community in Brooklyn, Ma’alem hopped around between working at a bodega, a French café, and a furniture store, all while performing in clubs, restaurants, and his friend’s zawiya in the Bronx (affectionately
Working during the day and performing in hip clubs like Nu Blu, Barbes, Tagine, and Zebulon at night, Innov Gnawa soon became a fixture in the global music tapestry of the city, and eventually graduated to festival stages all over the world. Over the years, Innov Gnawa played shows in many prestigious American venues, including Coachella, Terminal 5, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Lincoln Center, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and Brooklyn Bowl. In 2017, the band collaborated on a Grammy-nominate
“The spirit of Gnawa is people.” – Ma’alem Hassan Ben Jaafer.