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also known as Portraits of Gnawa

Ouled Bambara2009

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Gnawa music is that of the ritual tradition known in Morocco as Tagnawit, "the craft of the Gnawi." The Gnawa are the practitioners of this tradition, be they the musicians or the initiates and clairvoyants who sponsor ceremonies and trance to the music. Their healing rituals are intercessions with the powerful Mluk, the fiercest of the Djiin spirits, whom other Sufi orders avoid. Some consider Gnawa to be an underclass in Moroccan society but they nonetheless play a vital role in its spiritual life. Recorded and filmed in Marrakech in 2005, OULED MAMBARA: PORTRAITS OF GNAWA is an exploration of that role through profiles of some of its most talented musical actors.

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Seeing Gnawa performed on video is definitely a treat. This music is traditionally played in hash-fueled, all night sessions. Those seeking to hear more of this sound should check out blogs such as "Moroccan Tape Stash" and record label "Sublime Frequencies".

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Seeing Gnawa performed on video is definitely a treat. This music is traditionally played in hash-fueled, all night sessions. Those seeking to hear more of this sound should check out blogs such as "Moroccan Tape Stash" and record label "Sublime Frequencies".

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Excellent and transformative....one of the best kept secrets of world music.

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I love many ethnic musics including this type of music. Unfortunately the camerawork was overly-amateurish, especially in the last part of the movie. Lots of awkward and unnecessary movements plus no establishing shots to have a sense of all the musicians. If it had been better done I would have given it 5 stars.