Awal Mara (World village, 2010)
On his latest album Awal Mara, Moroccan multi-instrumentalist Hassan Erraji delivers an impressive set of reinvigorating pieces. Erraji combines captivating Berber beats and Arabic melodies with a fiery rock-style rhythm section formed by Ben Stevens on drums and Kenny Higgins on bass, and additional vocals by his Daughter Yasmin.
Hassan Erraji has been based in the UK for a while and he has not forgotten his North African roots. He is a virtuoso musician who has mastered various musical instruments including the oud (‘ud), violin, darbuka, nay and some of the best qanun work I’ve heard recently.
Hassan Erraji is a blind singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and composer. He was born in the village of Tazart, south of Marrakech. Erraji learned about the traditional Berber music of the Atlas Mountains at an early age. He studied music in Morocco and later in Brussels (Belgium). He has written and produced music for film, radio, video, theatre and television. He also provides highly sought after master classes at many of the top musical institutes around the world.
Awal Mara reveals a master musician at his prime, creating a stunning album of Moroccan world beat.
Buy the album:
- In North America: Awal Mara. Other recordings available: Music for the Arabian Dulcimer & Lute, Marhaba, Ia Dounia
- In Europe: Awal Mara. Other recordings available: Music for the Arabian Dulcimer and Lute, Marhaba, Ia Dounia
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.