The only Gnawa Band in Scotland!
Fronted by Moroccan lead singer and guembri player Omar Afif, Gnawa Trance Fusion play a roots fusion of Gnawa blues, psychedelic jazz and afrobeat. Baladinda (wooden xylophone), endongo (thumb piano), violin, krakeb (metal castanets), guitar, drumkit, and the gnawa bass-lute (guembri) unify to create this entrancing world music sound. Gnawa music has a preserved heritage of ritual Sufi poetry and dance. These are performed at entire communal nights of spirituality and healing called Lilas, where audience members can enter trance states.
Afif moved to the small town of Banff in 2008 and started to travel around Scotland, searching out musicians from other traditions. Gnawa Trance Fusion was formed a year ago and is made up of people from Edinburgh, Ghana, Spain, Italy, England, with each musician bringing their own unique influence to the set.
An irresistible celebration of existence, addictive rhythms and chants create a unanimity of heart, mind and soul. We can’t wait to have them at this year’s World Ceilidh!
You can also catch them in the Tallyn for a a workshop in Gnawa singing, dancing and drumming.