“Bringing the otherworldly sounds of electronic trance music to Moroccan ritual gnawa” New Internationalist Electric Jalaba is a band who takes hypnotic North African gnawa music to a new dimension.
Signed to the legendary Afro-jazz label Strut Records, their sound is a psychedelic meeting of tradition and ritual with contemporary electronica. Centred around Moroccan gnawa master Simo Lagnawi, Electric Jalaba comprises six accomplished musicians with a telepathic empathy. In Arabic, they call this quality ‘el hal’ or ‘the feeling’. “It’s the feeling that comes when we’re playing and totally forgetting where we are,” says producer and bassist Olly Keen. “The feeling of being grabbed by the music and lost in the groove.”
Africa in the Lounge is the fantastic livestream concert series by African Night Fever, which brings sounds and styles from across the continent live into your home. Now with 20 concerts in the series, Africa in the Lounge has attracted thousands of viewers from the UK and around the world. Produced by African Night Fever and Yaram Arts in partnership with Birmingham Town Hall & Symphony Hall; Brewery Arts, Kendal; Brighton Dome; Bristol Beacon; and Usher Hall, Edinburgh.
Supported by Arts Council England.