Nass El Ghiwane live in Morocco
Merely mentioning the name Nass El Ghiwane in North Africa is to invoke the gods of sonic mythology. Since 1971, this Casablanca-based band, born out of a political theater movement, has helped to redefine and revitalize Moroccan Gnawa, Rai and Chaabi styles. On a beautiful June evening in Rabat, I got to sit back and watch thousands of fans spanning four generations singing along to every song. On this particular night, in celebration of the annual Mawazine festival, American bass player Victor Wooten, best known for his work in Bela Fleck’s band, joined in to add some solid low-end to this rootsy and energetic performance.