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Mosawi Swiri

by Houssam Gania

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Houssam and his group have been mastering their knowledge and understanding of the Gnawa ceremonial repertoire at Lila's and festivals around Morocco, and on Mosawi Swiri they present a number of songs from the Musawiyin Suite, the blue section of the trance ritual during which they invoke Sidi Musa, the master of the spirits of sea and sky. These songs have a special resonance for the Gnawa of the Atlantic fishing port of Essaouira. Houssam's playing is never flamboyant, aiming instead for the solid and insistent groove that drives his band and the trance ritual. Houssam is accompanied throughout by his brother Hamza Gania, Mohamed Benzaid, Khalid Charbadou and Amine Bassi on qraqabs and a vocal chorus that compliments Houssam's earthy lead vocal.
On the opening song, Moulay Lhacham, the group are joined by young musicians from the Essaouira region on guitar, keyboard and drums for a subtle and respectful piece of Gnawa fusion.
Fans of Houssam's work with James Holden, and of Hive Mind's 2017 release by Maalem Mahmoud Gania will want to immerse themselves in this special album.

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released February 22, 2019

Houssam Gania - guimbri & lead vocals

Hamza Gania, Mohamed Benzaid, Khalid Charbadou and Amine Bassi - qraqabs & chorus

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Houssam Gania Essaouira, Morocco

Houssam is the youngest son of the late Maalem Mahmoud Gania.
Although still only 23, Houssam has performed in London, the Netherlands and in Azerbaijan. He recently released a collaborative ep with synth maestro James Holden on the Border Community label, the release being the result of their live collaborations for the London Barbican and the Atlas Electronic festival in Marrakech. ... more

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