In the most intense moments of trance during Gnawa nights, a reciprocal relationship is forged between the m'allim playing the guinbri and the person dancing in trance. While it is the guinbri whose riffs draw in the trancer and propel him or her deeper into the groove, the dancer in turn makes demands and gives directions to the guinbri, which responds in turn. This type of transcendent reciprocity, in which one wonders who is the player and who is being played, is a highlight of the best jazz performances as well.
Najib Sudani, Patrick Brennan,
Nirankar Khalsa and company build upon the commonalties of African-American
and African-Maghribi music not only at the level of melody and rhythm, but
also at a deeper level of interactive structure, each one giving and taking
in turn. Nirankar surrenders
sudani was recorded in May '99 in the villages of Sidi Kaouki & Tlata Henchene near Essaouira, Morocco.
Marhaba ya Marhaba / in the Tagine... / Timarmalia blues
...Greasin / t'bal'n'tumble/ aroundSidi Hammu
the Wind and Najib / ...with M'abud Allah
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