Kwaku Baah* & Ganoua*Trance

Label:Island Records – ILPS 9491
Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre:Folk, World, & Country


Guimbri [Gimbri], VocalsAbdellcada Zef Zef
Guimbri [Second Gimbri]Mohamed Ben Hamou Saidi
Karkabas [Kocobar]Abdella El Hilalli
PercussionReebop Kwaku Baah*
Backing Vocals [Background Vocals]The Ganoua Ensemble*
Guimbri [Gimbri], VocalsAbdellcada Zef Zef
TambourineAbdella El Hilalli
B2Ma Haba
Backing Vocals [Background Vocals]The Ganoua Ensemble*
Guimbri [Gimbri], VocalsAbdellcada Zef Zef
Percussion [Stone]Abdella El Hilalli
B3Rif Zef Zef
PercussionReebop Kwaku Baah*
B4Dervish Jowi
Bendir [Bindir]Sidi Jillala
CongasReebop Kwaku Baah*
Karkabas [Kocobar]Abdella El Hilalli



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

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Trance (LP, Album, Test Pressing)Island RecordsILPS 9491UK1977



  • itwit's avatar
    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.


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