Morocco's Gnawa Music: From Slavery to Prominence

The music has become so popular that it prompted the Moroccan government to organise a yearly festival in the southern coastal city of Essaouira, featuring Gnawa as part of the country's cultural heritage that forms an important part of the kingdom's oral literature.



  • Morocco:   Gnawa Music - From Slavery to Prominence

    Al Jazeera, 3 December 2015

    Simply put, Gnawa is the music of formerly enslaved black Africans who integrated into the Moroccan cultural and social landscape, and founded a model to preserve the traditions… Read more »

Gnawa is the music of formerly enslaved black Africans who integrated into the Moroccan cultural and social landscape, and founded a model to preserve the traditions and folkloric music of their ancestors.

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