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Gift of Gnawa
Hassan Hakmoun
Gift of Gnawa
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Jazz, Pop
 
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Morocco's leading young Gnawa musician plays ancient African music of healing and trance, joined by world class jazz and new music improvisers, including jazz trumpeter Don Cherry.

      
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All Artists: Hassan Hakmoun
Title: Gift of Gnawa
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blue Flame
Release Date: 8/7/2000
Album Type: Import
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Jazz, Pop
Styles: World Dance, Africa
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 675754151027

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Morocco's leading young Gnawa musician plays ancient African music of healing and trance, joined by world class jazz and new music improvisers, including jazz trumpeter Don Cherry.

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African World Music With A Twist
Scott Woods | Columbus, Ohio United States | 10/31/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This CD is the precursor for all these New Age records and "The Insider"/"Three Seasons" soundtrack phenomenon, where world instrumentation is smashed together with Western sensibilities to essentially create a sometimes good ("Three Seasons"), sometimes bad ("The General's Daughter", most of the Deep Forest records) mix of musical flavors.This CD is better than most attempts at this in that it starts from a foundation and obvious respect for what African (in this case specifically, Morocco) music IS, not what it can add to house beats or a slowed down "Funky Drummer" loop. The music features the playing and singing of Hassan Hakmoun, an incredibly rich and fascinating African singer, and is then run through reverbs and delays to really punch up the other-worldness of the whole project. THEN, to make things even more interesting, current hot soundtrack maven Richard Horowitz ("Three Seasons", etc.) plays African percussion alongside jazz man Don Cherry, who does some incredible playing off of Hakmoun's singing.For people who already have an appreciation of world music, but probably a little too down-to-earth for the New Age crowd."
Moroccan Groove
Charles Koeppen | New York | 05/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is some amazing music. Hassan Hakmoun plays an African bass and sings along with some fine conga and tabla drum rhythms integrated with Arabic flute and the psychedelic sound of Don Cherry's heavily reverbed trumpet. Morocco, although an African country, is known for it's middle-Eastern culture. Hassan Hakmoun comes from a sub-culture that already assimilated both African and middle-Eastern influences into its music. At times on this CD there are flowing middle-Eastern melodies played on a ney flute in unison with Hassan's vocals and at others the vocals are reminiscent of African call and response. With the addition of Don Cherry's trumpet Hassan Hakmoun manages to bring the sensibilities of several cultures together on this CD. In fact, from a short conversation with him, this appears to be what he loves to do because he says he finds it beautiful how music brings people together. This CD is a labor of love and it shows. If this music doesn't take you someplace, try again. It's flight proven."
What can you say about something like this?
leo | Beijing, China | 04/22/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"other than that it is what happens when honest and talented individuals get together and extend themselves in the joy of creation? as the other reviewers have mentioned, this is testament to the possibility of successful fusion (all of those United Colors cliches come to mind, but without the irony or jaded sarcasm).

I like the tracks with flutes better than the others, but that may be purely a personal thing."