Majid Bekkas: Magic Spirit Quartet

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Scandinavia meets North Africa in this truly stunning album. The origins of Gnawa music have never been fully explained, but it is claimed that slaves from Mali, Niger or Ghana were trafficked to Morocco, where their culture was preserved in night-long rituals called Iila, ceremonies during which diseases were healed. That could explain the almost tribal, ritual, mystic and trance-like qualities that ooze from this music. Bekkas is one of the most exciting stars of G
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