Review: Aziz Sahmaoui & University Of Gnawa - University Of Gnawa
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University Of Gnawa
 Artist: Aziz Sahmaoui & University Of Gnawa
 Album: University Of Gnawa
 Date of Release: 2011/04
 Label: General Pattern
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 Country of Release: FR?
 Genre/s: World | Morocco


 Sub-Genre/s: Word Beat, Gnawa, Contemporary
 Type: Studio
   Time: 54:45
   Date of Review: 2012/09/07
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   Web Site: http://azizsahmaoui.com/
   

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University Of Gnawa

Aziz Sahmaoui & University Of Gnawa's self-titled album was released on the General Pattern label in April 2011.

A hard to classify blend of the traditional Gnawa music of Morocco and contemporary world beat, University Of Gnawa's driving grooves are hard to resist. The blend of traditional and modern generally works surprisingly well, although I have to admit to generally preferring the genuine article. Some of the deep, underlying spirituality of Gnawa seems to have got lost in translation, as it were.

Otherwise, this is nonetheless a very enjoyable album, excellently executed. It would really be hard to find fault with University Of Gnawa.

Consistency is over all very good, although there are a few tunes that stand out head and shoulders above the rest. And University Of Gnawa certainly is highly compelling, both with its irresistible grooves and a certain charm and sophistication. All in all, this is a highly attractive listen, make no mistake. Indeed, this is an album that decidedly grows on you with repeated listening.

Aziz Sahmaoui & University Of Gnawa will appeal to anyone with even the slightest interest in North African music, from any angle. It would also make for a good introduction to the Gnawa genre. And if you haven't ventured into the territory of North African, and specifically Moroccon music before, you certainly should give University Of Gnawa a try.
 

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Track List:

 1. Salabati - 4:57
 2. Maktoube (Short Version) - 3:03
 3. Ana Hayou - 4:31
 4. Kahina - 4:25
 5. Foufou Danba - 2:29
 6. Alf Hilat - 6:16
 7. Black Market - 5:22
 8. Miskina - 4:06
 9. Sawayé - 3:58
10. Rofrane - 3:32
11. Mimouna - 2:11
12. Tamtamaki - 6:04
13. Maktoube (Long Version) - 3:51

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