Gnawa Beats from the North

Michy Mano

The Cool Side of the Pillow  (Justin Time/Enja, 2006)

Moroccan musician Michy Mano has been living in Oslo (Norway) for a few years. There, he has been researching his Moroccan roots and specifically Gnawa music. The Cool Side Of The Pillow presents Mano on vocals and sintir (the famous Gnawa bass lute, also known as guimbri).

Backed by Norwegian jazz musicians and fellow Moroccans, Michy Mano plays stimulating music that defies categories. At times, it sounds like what seems like Gnawa jazz, but other times, the world grooves take the listener on a trip through global electronica and funk, using synths, dance beats, world percussion and other acoustic instruments.

The musicians featured include Michy Mano (vocal, sentir); Bugge Wesseltoft (keyboards, programming); Paolo Vinaccia (perc, loops); Hassan Shoukat (tabla); Bendikt Hofseth (tenor sax); Audun Erlien (bass); Dozzy Njava (guitar); Oystein Trollsas (soprano sax, ney); Nikai Bielenberg Ivanovich (guitar); Issa Tobi (vocals).

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (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.