Meet Gnawa Fusion

The extremely diverse Marmoucha Orchestra sheds new light on the musical traditions of North Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Special guest during Gnawa Fusion in the BIMHUIS is Mehdi Nassouli, the internationally acclaimed Moroccan singer and player of the string instrument guembri.

Nassouli is seen as the future of the gnawa , the hypnotic traditional style that is making a revival among young musicians from jazz, reggae and rock. The Marmoucha Orchestra has developed a special repertoire for Mehdi Nassouli, in which authentic Gnawa pieces are accompanied by modern orchestral arrangements. And in which gnawa rhythms merge with jazz and other western styles.

Gnawa Fusion is inspired by the Moroccan-Algerian tradition of the lilac, a festive ritual in which musicians try to come into contact with the spirits of their ancestors through incantatory interplay. Mehdi Nassouli has previously worked with Fatoumata Diawara, Herbie Hancock, Titi Robin and Alpha Blondy, among others.