Check out the raw, hypnotic power of gnawa music—often called “The Moroccan Blues”—for free!

Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Innov Gnawa is dedicated to exploring Morocco’s gnawa music tradition. Never heard of gnawa? It’s the ritual trance music of Morocco’s black communities, originally descended from slaves and soldiers once brought to Morocco from Northern Mali and Mauritania. Often called “The Moroccan Blues,” gnawa music has a raw, hypnotic power. Musicians such as Jimi Hendrix have been inspired by this music, which is played on an array of unique instruments — from the lute-like sintir to the metal qarqaba (castinets) that produce the exciting rhythms.

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Dorothy Menker Theater
Moraine Valley Community College
9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills