The super-diverse Marmoucha Orchestra sheds new light on the musical traditions of North Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. The orchestra will perform together with Mehdi Nassouli on Friday June 24 in Grounds.
Nassouli, who previously performed with Fatoumata Diawara, Herbie Hancock, Titi Robin and Alpha Blondy, is the internationally acclaimed Moroccan singer and player of the stringed instrument guembri. He is seen as the future of gnawa, the hypnotic traditional style that is making a revival among young musicians from jazz, reggae and rock. The Marmoucha Orchestra has developed a special repertoire for Mehdi Nassouli, in which authentic gnawa pieces are accompanied by modern orchestral arrangements.