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Lila (Indie Exclusive Colored Vinyl) Vinyl LP

Daptone RecordsSKU lp-12040

debut from NYC group of Moroccan ex-pats in North African Gnawa tradition
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"Daptone Records is honored to announce the release of Innov Gnawa's debut full-length, Lila. Formed in NYC, this Grammy-nominated group of Moroccan expats has been making waves locally and abroad with their hypnotic live shows. The group is led by Ma'alem Hassan Ben Jaffar, a master musician and spiritual elder of the ensemble who plays a three-stringed African bass known as a 'guembri'. Ben Jaffar is accompanied by a brotherhood of musicians – (Amino Belyamani, Ahmed Jeriouda, Samir Langus and Nawfal Atiq) – all playing the qraqebs, metal castanets that represent the shackles and chains of slaves and also singing chorus responses. Gnawa music is a spiritual tradition rooted in Morocco’s ancient history. Often referred to as 'Sufi Blues', Gnawa’s African influence originated from West African slaves brought to Morocco centuries ago. Not unlike blues music in the American South, Gnawa music is revered throughout Morocco as treasured indigenous soul music. 'Lila', literally meaning 'night' is a traditional ceremony in which the Ma'alem and his qraqeb ensemble dedicate an evening of healing through music. This all-night rhythm fest is a spiritual ritual which cleanses the body, mind, and spirit. We invite you to immerse yourself into Lila." - Daptone

  • debut full-length from group of Moroccan ex-pats playing in North African Gnawa tradition
  • clear splatter colored vinyl
  • indie exclusive
  • printed insert w/ extensive liner notes
  • digital download included w/ 2 exclusive bonus tracks
  • limited edition
  • music label: Daptone Records 2021
UPC: 823134905610


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