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      February 17, 2020

      Monday   8:00 PM

      723 Rigsbee Ave
      Durham, North Carolina 27701

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      Gnawa Langus


      The Gnawa blended their own traditions with native religious beliefs just as displaced sub-Saharan West Africans did in the Americas and healing music was created for private use by a community that was not permitted to directly observe their relationship with Allah. Played with percussive instruments, Qarqaba (large iron castanets), polyrhythmic clapping, and a three-stringed, bass lute-like sintir Gnawa music draws on an abundant African-Islam history of ritualistic music believed to heal people possessed by jinn, or spirits. Gnawa LanGus, led by sintir master Samir LanGus (founder and bandleader of the GRAMMY-nominated Innov Gnawa), fuses the raw hypnotic power of the utterly singular and centuries-old North African tradition with Berber, Indian, Saharan, and Flamenco music. In its concert at Motorco Music Hall, the culmination of its weeklong Building Bridges residency, the ensemble showcases a familiar musical idiom that can connect different worldsthe francophone with the anglophone, the trans-Saharan with the trans-Atlantic, [and] Africa with the Orient (The New Yorker).

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