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Moroccan Gnawa Jam Night
Moroccan Gnawa Jam Night

Sun, 17 Sept


Active Wellness Centre

Moroccan Gnawa Jam Night

Come and have fun learning African Gnawa rhythms in our next Moroccan Gnawa Jam Night on Sunday 17th September!

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Time & Location

17 Sept 2023, 18:00 – 21:00

Active Wellness Centre, 79a Lever St, Manchester M1 1FL, UK

About the event

Gnawa music originates from the Gnawa ethnic group of Sub Saharan African slaves who were brought to Morocco, beginning in the 11th Century. Gnawa music in Morocco is much more than a musical genre hence why it's defined as trance music. It is a spiritual music at its roots and is a traditional practice throughout Morocco.

The Karkaba (Krakebs) also known as the castanets is a handheld cymbal-type instrument handmade from iron or steel and central to the Gnawa sounds is the Gimbri ( a large acoustic 3 stringed bass - a guitar drum with a wooden body.

The beats are repetitive yet lively!

The delightful and auspicious musical sound is also choreographed with gyrating dances. In the act the music and dance are experienced as purifying liberation, a higher state of consciousness and deeply healing.

In its highest expressions the rituals of this music and dance can take you on a magical and mystical cosmic journey.

Zakarayae is a master musician, born in the city of Meknes and has been playing since he was 13 years old. He has trained with various Gnawa Maalem (masters) from Meknes moving around different cities in Morocco, France, Spain and the UK. Gnawa music is a family tradition passed down from his ancestors.

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I look forward to seeing you there : )

Peace and love


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Questions and Answers

How much does it cost to come along?

The jam is completely free, although you still need to book if you would like to attend

Where is it this taking place?

Venue: Active Wellness Centre.

79a Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FL

Active Wellness Cafe is part of the centre and there will be drinks and snacks available. The cafe is vegan and gluten free. Please note these are not free.

There is no parking on site. There are car parks on Port Street which is a couple of minutes’ walk from the café. The closest tram stop and bus station is Piccadilly. It is a short walk from the city centre by foot.

Is the Venue accessible?

The café is accessible however the centre itself is not an accessible as the space is on the 2 top floors.

We are working on making the centre a more accessible venue for the future.

What will the ‘Vibe’ be like?

You will be welcomed with a warm and uplifting energy! As well as the Karkaba which will be provided at the jam feel free to bring any other instruments you like!

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