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donderdag 21 november

Dance the night away to the amazing rhythms of Gnawa, a deeply hypnotic trance music from Morocco rooted in classical Islamic Sufism and different African musical traditions. Renowned musicians Hassan Boussou, Driss Aidar and Mohamed El Gasmi come to Amsterdam from Morocco especially for this year’s Dancing on the Edge Festival.

Collective Urban Gnawa, a large-scale public performance, will take place on Beursplein at 17:00 where the musicians and a large group of Amsterdammers will gather in an act of communal celebration, as part of the festival. 
Just as Collective Urban Gnawa’s gesture of public celebration combines the healing rituals of Gnawa with contemporary dance, these brilliant musicians’ traditional Gnawa repertoire will spark off and blend with  DJ collective Yallah! Yallah!’s contemporary (Arab) grooves culminating in a lively dance party!

Hassan Boussou (bio)
Born in Casablanca and educated in the Gnawa tradition, Boussou has retransmitted through his music all his different influences (namely trance and ritualistic chants). Boussou’s main sources of inspiration are based within the traditional repertoire however he enriches himself through collaborations with artists from different genres and musical repertoires.

Yallah! Yallah! (bio)
DJ collective Yallah! Yallah! plays modern dance music from an area as broad as Iran to Morocco. Palestinan hiphop, speeddabke from Lebanon, reggaeton from Eqypt and trap from Syria. Yallah! Yallah! mixes the latest tunes filled with the greatest Arab hits and Dutch hiphop with North African roots.

This evening is part of Dancing on the Edge Festival 2019.
13 – 24 November Utrecht, Rotterdam, Amsterdam