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.
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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