HG info: 05.11.22 – Simo Lagnawi’s Gnawa London meet & support Asmaa Hamzaoui & Bnat Timbouktou

The deXter Bentley Hello GoodBye Show on Resonance 104.4 FM. An upbeat, eclectic new music show hosted by deXter Bentley every Saturday lunchtime between midday and 1.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM.


Today: Simo Lagnawi’s Gnawa London meet & support Asmaa Hamzaoui & Bnat Timbouktou.

We are proud to welcome onto The Hello GoodBye Show and Resonance FM, groundbreaking Moroccan artist Asmaa Hamsaoui and Bnat Timbouktou during their first visit here in London, UK.

At barely 20 years old, Asmaa became the leader of the Bnat Timbouktou (Daughters of Timbuktu) group, and one of the youngest and very rare female ambassadors of Gnawa culture. Asmaa inherited her passion from her father, the renowned Maâlem Rachid Hamzaoui. From her earliest age, she learned to play the guembri and accompanied her father at celebrations. Since 2012 she has led and performed with her own group. Bnat Timbouktou has remained faithful to tradition stylistically, but have introduced their own choice of subjects: separation, suffering, and the memory of Africa are dominant themes. They gradually won over ever-larger audiences, until they were selected to join the line-up of the famous Gnawa and World Music Festival of Essaouira in the summer of 2017. A significant event in that female guembri players are few and far between, in Morocco and around the world. Traditionally these women do not play during ceremonies, and only touch the instrument in private surroundings (this is often the case, for example, for a woman married to maâlem) – taking the stage in public is still considered taboo. Asmâa Hamzaoui is the exception.

S.I.M.O the Ambassador of Gnawa Culture in the UK and the charismatic creator and leader of Gnawa London. Simo has featured on BBC World Service, BBC Proms, CNN World, BBC 3, Vox Africa & many other overseas media outlets. Simo has performed at a host of festivals including Glastonbury, WOMAD, Secret Garden Party, Latitude and Boom Town. Playing traditional Gnawa (sacred trance music from Africa Morocco) and new-age trance, blues, jazz, reggae & afro beat. Simo continuously pushes new boundaries fusing Gnawa with music from countries such as Gambia, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Guinea, Mali, India, Japan, Venezuela and the Caribbean.



Plus, a dive into the extensive Hello GoodBye Show live session archive and lots of new music. [repeated at 2.30am on Tuesday morning] Broadcast in Central London on 104.4 FM, D.A.B. in Greater London and worldwide on-line via: RadioPlayer


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