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M.O.D. Technologies Presents Maâlem Mokhtar Gania / Bill Laswell with TAGNAWWIT (First-class Line-up Includes Chad Smith)
(Published: November 14, 2016)

GNAWA (or Gnaoua) MUSIC is a rich North African repertoire of ancient African Islamic spiritual religious songs and rhythms. Its well preserved heritage combines ritual poetry with traditional music and dancing. The music is performed at "Lila"'s (pronounced Leela), entire communal nights of celebration, dedicated to prayer, evocation of spirits and healing, guided by the Gnawa Maâlem, with the female Moqadema and his group of musicians, who are also dancers. Though many of the influences that formed this music and it's special language can be traced to sub-Saharan West Africa, its traditional practice is concentrated in Morocco and parts of Algeria and Tunesia (where it is known as Stambouli). TAGNAWWIT offers a rich mix of musical and cultural backgrounds, fusing many individual influences into one collective sound.
GNAWA FUSION at the highest level. Maâlem Mokhtar Gania - son of the great Maâlem Boubker Gania, is the fourth and surviving brother of a.m.o. the legendary Maâlem Mahmoud Gania (or Guinia) - a gnawa superstar in gnawa simply known as El Maâlem - and Maâlem Abdellah Gania - by many called The Marley or The Rasta for his dreadlocks and fondness for reggae. This collaboration with bassist/producer Bill Laswell features musicians from extremely diverse backgrounds. Dominic James and Aiyb Dieng from West Africa, Chad Smith - drummer of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Graham Haynes, Peter Apfelbaum, Adam Rudolph and many others. A CLASSIC AFRICAN FUSION.    

1. Sidi Fkih Shamharouch  11:15
2. Zaini  10:15
3. Oulad Khalifa Maneen Shesh  10:18
4. Sheikh Moulay Ahmed  11:42
5. Toumarmania  9:10
6. Mabodallah Allah Dayyim  10:46

The record pays homage to the memory of Mokhtar's late parents Maâlem Boubker Gania & Moqadeema Aicha Qabrane, his late brothers Maâlem Mahmoud Gania, Maâlem Abdelah Gania and Maâlem Bilal "Lahzen Zitoune" Gania, as well as his sister J'meia Gania. May their Souls rest in Peace.

Chad Smith appears courtesy of Warner Bros.
Chad Smith plays Pearl Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vater Sticks & Remo Heads.

Produced by Bill Laswell & Torben Holleufer.

Maâlem Mokhtar Gania - lead vocals, guinbri (hajjuj), backing vocals, qaraqab, handclaps
Si Mohamed Outanine - backing vocals, qaraqab, handclaps
Hicham Ait Salah - backing vocals, qaraqab
Youssouf Outanine - backing vocals
Khairdi Qaid - backing vocals
Graham Haynes - cornet
Peter Apfelbaum - tenor saxophone & flute
Jill Ryan - alto saxophone
Dominic James - guitar
Robert Burger - keyboards
Bill Laswell - bass
Chad Smith - drums
Guy Licata - drums
Adam Rudolph - percussion
Aiyb Dieng - percussion


M.O.D. Technologies - revealing light on the development of new sound experiences in material culture. A multi-directional music / sound / information system. Initiated in 2010 by bassist / producer Bill Laswell and Giacomo Bruzzo, co-founder of the progressive / future music label Rare Noise.M.O.D. - A futuristic hybrid of music exploration - dub / dub step / reggae / world / africa / drum'n'bass / mutant hip hop / avant metal / experimental / vocal music / instrumental / DJ culture and much more. M.O.D. resumes and continues the legacy of AXIOM, the timeless imprint established in 1989 by Bill Laswell with Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records. http://www.mod-technologies.com.
The digital-only Incunabula Series promises to present rare and unique, one time only captured events, in some cases originally experienced by a fortunate few and recover unusual, lost until now studio recordings. Documenting as far back as the early 80s up to present time. Moments seldom heard or experienced by anyone.   

More Information: https://www.mod-technologies.com

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