Moroccan Gnawa Music with Omar Afif

Friday 26th Nov 2010

U/Hall upcoming eventsOmar 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

Price: £10 / £8 (concessions)

(Performance is £10/£8 For weekend workshop prices - see individual listings above)