Gnawa Njoum Experience (No Fridge/Boom Ba Clash NOCD 097, 2003)
Gnawa music from Morocco has attracted the attention of many musicians in the fields of rock, jazz and world music. Some of the hybrid sounds that came out from these experiments were really interesting, others were frightening.
Gnawa Njoum Experience is definitely one of the positive experiences. The album is the result of an encounter between traditional music by Gnawa Njoum (from Essawira, Morocco) and several musicians from the Parisian electronic music scene, including UHT. The lyrics are in English, French and in Arabic, accompanied by trance-like acoustic rhythms provided by the Gnawa and a series of electronic beats that range from funk to reggae.
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.