Kwaku Baah* & Ganoua* ‎– Trance

Island Records ‎– ILPS 9491
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Trance
Guimbri [Gimbri], Vocals – Abdellcada Zef ZefGuimbri [Second Gimbri] – Mohamed Ben Hamou SaidiKarkabas [Kocobar] – Abdella El HilalliPercussion – Reebop Kwaku Baah*
B1 Hamouda
Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – The Ganoua Ensemble*Guimbri [Gimbri], Vocals – Abdellcada Zef ZefTambourine – Abdella El Hilalli
B2 Ma Haba
Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – The Ganoua Ensemble*Guimbri [Gimbri], Vocals – Abdellcada Zef ZefPercussion [Stone] – Abdella El HilalliTambourine – Mohamed Ben Hamou Saidi
B3 Rif Zef Zef
Guimbri [Gimbri] – Abdellcada Zef Zef, Mohamed Ben Hamou SaidiPercussion – Reebop Kwaku Baah*
B4 Dervish Jowi
Bendir [Bindir] – Sidi JillalaCongas – Reebop Kwaku Baah*Flute – Ben Mohamed ZainGuimbri [Gimbri] – Abdellcada Zef Zef, Mohamed Ben Hamou SaidiKarkabas [Kocobar] – Abdella El Hilalli



Recorded live in Morocco Nov. 1976 on Teak 4 track,
mixed at Island Studios, London.


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July 18, 2009
In November 1976 Reebop Kwakuh Bah, the African percussionist acclaimed for his
work with Traffic, travelled to Tangier for a remarkable recording session.
His fellow musiscians were from the Ganoua, an ancient mystical sect of North African
Dervish who can trace their music back across the Muslim world to its roots in the Sudan.
The Music of the Ganoua is a religious celebration which, in its purest form, is believed to
have magical and healing powers.
The collaboration between two seemingly disparate cultures promised much.
Kwaku Baah, together with producer Mim Scala, met the Ganoua in a rambling old palace in
Tangier; the music was spontaneous, an expression of joy which remained true to the essence
of Ganoua culture.
The result of that meeting is "Trance", the first time the music of the Ganoua had been
captured on record. The story behind this album, however, began over 10 years before when
Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones first went to Morocco in search of new musical experiences.
He returned to London in the summer of 1966, bringing with him a box of tapes he had
recorded in Joujuka. Jones had been one of the few outsiders ever to have witnessed the
annual Pan Festival performed by the master musicians in Northern Morocco's Rif Mountains.
Jones had thrived on the experience. He played the tapes to Mim Scala who also marvelled
at the mystical qualities of the music.
Brian went on to tell that he believed other sects of mystical musicians existed in the
Rif and Atlas mountains, with masters who use their music as a catalyst in reaching other
states of consciousness.
They talked of recording these musicians and made a pact to search for the men who
were the masters of the Genie. In the meantime, however, they both had their work
to do. Brian was still a busy Stone and Scala ran a management company committed to
promoting a bag full of show business careers.
By 1969, however, Scala had became desillusioned with his career and left England in
search of a place where he could write a book. His travels eventually took him to Morocco.
That summer Brian Jones died, but the Joujuka tapes were later to be released on the
Rolling Stones' own label.
Scala then took up the quest to find Morocco's master musicians. He lived simply,
roaming the countryside in an old Land Rover and befriending villagers who were to introduce
him to the full complexities of Muslim philosophy, culture and religion.
Four years later Scala returned to the Sahara, this time to meet the Ganoua musicians.
During the years that have passed since that first magical meeting he visited the Ganoua
many times, making many recordings of their music, which varied from quiet little after-dinner
recitals to full blown Ganoua ceremonies.
Among these musicians who heard those tapes was Reebop Kwaku Baah. He, too, was intrigued
by the music of the Ganoua and, through his manager, arranged to record with them in Tangier.
The Ganoua musicians used instruments which have remained unchanged for hundreds of years,
including the Gimbri (a three-stringed lute made from wood and leather), Cocobars
(iron castanets) and Bindir (a tambourine drum).
The album "Trance" is the music of a separate reality. Hope to see you there.