Enter the intimacy of a Gnawa ritual through its dances, melodies, rhythms and bewitching tones: such is the invitation of the m'allemīn ("masters") Hicham Bilali and Driss Filali for this evening full of emotion and colour. The Gnawa are a confraternity that originated from sub-Saharan slavery in Morocco. They are known for their nocturnal trance rituals called līla ("the night"), in which music plays an essential role. Often associated with southern Morocco (Essaouira and Marrakech), the Gnawa are in fact present in all the cities of the country, where they have settled over the centuries. Thus, it is from the imperial city of Fez and the port city of Tangier that our three musicians of Tangier that our three musicians come from. These places, rich in history, have seen the development of specific forms of expression: the šamālī ("northern"), and fāssi ("Fez") styles. Hicham Bilali and Driss Filali grew up in the same city, Fez, and consider themselves brothers at heart. They arrived in Brussels at the same time, and this common migratory experience brought them even closer together. Jalal Abantor is the son of the last great drummer Ahmed Abantor, who passed on to him the repertoire and techniques that are so specific to northern Morocco. With a community of some forty musicians, Brussels is now the European capital of the Gnawa, and the work of Hicham, Driss and Jalal is no exception. The almost brotherly trio will perform several musical suites from the līla ritual, each dedicated to a family of spirits.
Last minute: for reasons beyond our control, the artists initially programmed will not be able to keep their commitment. They are replaced by Hicham Bilali, Driss Filali and Jalal Abantor.
Hicham Bilali : guembri, ‘wiša, song, percussion (qrāqeb and hands), dance
Driss Filali : guembri, ‘wiša, song, percussion (qrāqeb and hands), dance
Jalal Abantor : tabl, song, percussion (qrāqeb and hands), dance
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