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I got some really cool stuff this week which pleases me. This fellow on the cover of this Ouled Bambara: Portraits Of Gnawa CD/DVD set on Drag City looks like an all round cool geezer. Gnawa music is the sounds that accompany tagnawit, a tradition that involve deeply spiritual ceremonies with clairvoyants that trance out to the music. Sounds way cool to me. Apparently the Gnawa are considered an u ...

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8/10 Ant Staff review, 08 October 2009
I got some really cool stuff this week which pleases me. This fellow on the cover of this Ouled Bambara: Portraits Of Gnawa CD/DVD set on Drag City looks like an all round cool geezer. Gnawa music is the sounds that accompany tagnawit, a tradition that involve deeply spiritual ceremonies with clairvoyants that trance out to the music. Sounds way cool to me. Apparently the Gnawa are considered an underclass in Moroccan society, much in the same way as chavs, bogans and guidos who also trance out to music. The difference is that they don't battle evil spirits and are not remotely involved in healing. The music is really quite uplifting and cheerful and not as spooky as I imagined it would be. It's very percussive with some great rhythms. Anyway you should totally check it out. I bet the DVD rules but I've not watched it.

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