Friday, July 17, 2015

Recording: Hassan Hakmoun

Artist: Hassan Hakmoun

Songs: [two unknown songs]*

Recorded at Harbourfront Centre (W------ Stage), July 4, 2015.

Hassan Hakmoun - [unknown]

Hassan Hakmoun - [unknown]

It felt quite invigourating to get down to Harbourfront for the first time this summer — even more so given the delightful, construction-free streetscape that now greets visitors. And also a treat to see Harbourfront bringing in major international performers, such as Morocco's greatest star of Gnawa Sufi trance music. The music is driven by Hakmoun's sintir (or, gimbri, if you prefer), working like a bass and rooting the music in infinitely-repeatable basic grooves. There's plenty joy in repetition here, though the music was also driven by a drummer and percussionist, and embossed by guitarist John Lee, often adding subtly-psychedelic flourishes (but also knowing when to stay in the pocket with a funky catscratch rhythm). Hypnotizing and dance-worthy in equal parts.

* Does anyone know the title to these? Please leave a comment!

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