Moroccan Artist Aziz Sahmaoui Tours The U.S. In September
Aziz Sahmaoui and his band, University of Gnawa, will tour the U.S. this fall, beginning September 11 at Joe's Pub in New York City. A cofounder of the renowned Orchestre National de Barbès and former associate of Joe Zawinul, Sahmaoui plays the Moroccan instrument, the gimbri, and is acclaimed throughout Europe and the Middle East for his upbeat fusion of gnawa, Maghreb rock and jazz.
His latest album Mazal, available on World Village, was a Top of The World in Songlines Magazine and praised by WNYC's Soundcheck for its "danceable ecstatic trance groove". A world music radio favorite, Sahmaoui was interviewed recently by New World Buzz and Voice of America's Music Time in Africa. Radio Milwaukee also wrote, "The music [of 'Mazal'] is an intoxicating affair, visceral and groove-centric yet also nuanced and multilayered."
9/11 - Joe's Pub - New York, NY
9/13 - World Music Festival - Chicago, IL
9/16 - Old Town School of Folk Music - Chicago, IL
9/17 - Legion Arts' Landfall Festival - Cedar Rapids, IA
9/19 - Global Union Festival - Milwaukee, WI
9/23 - University of Wisconsin World Music Fest - Whitewater, WI
9/25-9/26 - Lotus World Music Festival - Bloomington, IN
"'Jilala' [sounds like] old school Brasilian, like bossa nova. But then a Spanish flamenco guitar comes in on 'Yasmine' and we return to the Arabo-Andalusian trance."
"Moroccan and Senegalese flavours mix with melodic pop and exploratory contemporary jazz to make an album of strong tunes and great variety"