spirit of gnawas

spirit of the gnawas 

The Markaz and Create Xplore Media invite you to share in a special evening of ecstatic Moroccan music and dance with Master Hassan Ben Jaafer & Innov Gnawa in "Spirit of Gnawas" on Sat., Feb. 4, doors 8:00 pm, experience the music and dance 8:30-12:30 pm. 

Marking an impressive debut in the robust musical history of Los Angeles, Create Xplore Media presents an authentic North African gnawa ritual/performance. The one night Spirit of Gnawas will be a colorful ceremony and immersive musical experience, traditionally known as the “Lila.” Although performed in an unusual context outside of the ancient cities of Morocco, the Lila has much meaning for Moroccan expats and fans of ancient spiritual music worldwide.

spirit of gnawasThis rich ceremony of song, music, color and dance incorporates audience participation and it will take place over the course of an entire night. The rituals will be led by Master Hassan Ben Jaafer and his band, Innov Gnawa, a New York based musical collective dedicated to exploring Morocco’s venerable gnawa music traditions. American actor, Robert Wisdom will also host the ceremony with Moroccan-American actor, Fehd Benchemsi.

8:30 -12:30 pm, doors open at 8:00 for open seating.

Tickets available online here.

$70 / $80 at the door. Use code MARKAZ10 for a $10 discount at checkout.

For group rates contact info@spiritofgnawas.com.

About Master Hassan, Ben Jaafer and Innov Gnawa

Formed in the summer of 2014 by Moroccan expat Samir LanGus, Innov Gnawa draws on the considerable talents and expertise of Hassan Ben Jaafer, a Maâlem, or master gnawa musician, originally from Fes, Morocco. Under the guidance of Ben Jaafer, Innov has delved deep into the roots and rituals of gnawa music, and has played at the Lincoln Center, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowl and the storied backroom of Brooklyn’s Barbès. Visit http://www.innovgnawa.com/ for more info.

About CreateXplore Media

Spirit of Gnawas is produced by Create Xplore Media, a Los Angeles based company focusing on creative service productions in Morocco and the United States.

Stay connected with us @spiritofgnawas on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and visit spiritofgnawas.com.

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