Omar Afif, a Gnawa musician and dancer from Essaouria in Morocco, grew up listening to the sounds of the magical Gnawa music which is played on gembri (3-stringed lute) and krakeb (castanet). His performance combines Berber, Arabic and Islamic traditional song – trance music – in which phrases are repeated again and again until the audience are brought into a trance-like state.
Sat 27th Nov 10am – 12noon £10
Omar's workshop of Gnawa songs will teach the participants a chant called “Bambara” named after a Malian tribe. Please bring along a drum to join in – Omar will provide krakebs (a Moroccan castanet) for you to try!
Sat 27th Nov 2 – 5.30pm £15
Dance: In the afternoon Omar will teach a dance to accompany the chant Bambara. Omar will also teach a Gnawa foot dance. Some Moroccan Robes will be provided to enjoy the trance experience!
Sun 28th Nov. 1 – 5pm £15
Continuation from Saturday of dance and music. It is not possible to come just on Sunday.
Sunday 28th Nov. 7.30-9.30pm
Sharing of work created by participants. Entrance for audience by donation. Invite your friends to come and see you perform and participate.
Workshops only – advance booking to Universal Hall: phone 0130 691170 or email (Friday night performance tickets are through usual channels: Phoenix Stores 01309 690110 and online at www.thebooth.co.uk)