With a few plucks of the guembri, surrounded by a squadron of musicians both talented and inspired, Moroccan Aziz Sahmaoui gets everyone going. His second album is a work of maturity that brings tog... More
With a few plucks of the guembri, surrounded by a squadron of musicians both talented and inspired, Moroccan Aziz Sahmaoui gets everyone going. His second album is a work of maturity that brings together his musical passions, gnawa, rock and fusion – affirming himself as an writer, composer and musical interpreter who must be reckoned with.
Everything started in 2010 at the French Kawa bar in Paris. In charge of this 20th arrondissement café is the ex-manager of the Orchestre National de Barbès. The back of the venue houses a tiny stage that he likes to offer to his musician friends; Aziz Sahmaoui, one of the founders of the ONB and faithful acolyte of Joe Zawinul, being one of them. With his accomplice from the Zawinul Syndicate, Alioune Wade, he quickly settles in and tries out melodies that have been buzzing round his head for some time. Rumour soon reaches the ears of other musicians… Among them, Hervé Samb and Cheikh Diallo, Adhil Mirghani. The rumour gets bigger, audience numbers start to grow, people are keen to get sweaty to this new style of music. Soon the common denominator between the Moroccan and the Senegalese is established: the gnawa rhythms and their rustic groove act as a groundwork for some crazy musical experiments by these high-flying instrumentalists. The University of Gnawa is born. It quickly produces its first recording of the same name which is unanimously welcomed by the critics.
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