Maalem Mahmoud Gania – Colours Of The Night (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:10:49 minutes | 867 MB | Genre: World
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Born in 1951 in Essaouira, Mahmoud Gania came from one of the great Gnawa families. A respected singer and guimbri player he was one of the most prolific recording musicians in Morocco. From the 1970s until his death in 2015 he released many albums for a variety of Moroccan labels as well as recording with artists as diverse as Pharoah Sanders, Peter Brotzmann, James Holden and Floating Points. “Colours of the Night” is the final studio recordings of deep, hypnotic Gnawa songs from the late, great Maalem Mahmoud Gania.
The recordings see their first release outside of Morocco on 8 September 2017, and are available as a double vinyl LP and digital download. The release has been licensed directly from the Gania family and comes with the support of all who were involved in the original recordings. Colours of the Night is his first album to receive a vinyl release.
Maalem Mahmoud Gania was one of Morocco’s most famous Gnawa musicians. Gnawa is a musical and spiritual tradition originating in sub-Saharan Africa that has survived as a subculture within Moroccan society for centuries. The roots of the blues can be heard in its hypnotic rhythms.
01 – Sadati Houma El Bouhala
02 – Shaba Kouria
03 – Bala Matinba
04 – Amara Mousseye
05 – Foulani
06 – Sidi Sma Ya Boulandi
07 – Ba Yourki
08 – Mrahba Baba Hamouda
Recorded and Mixed by Ali Faraoui at Plein Les Oreilles, Casablanca, Morocco.
Mastered by Julian Tardo at Church Road Studio, Hove.