INNOV GNAWA IS A GRAMMY-NOMINATED MUSICAL COLLECTIVE DEDICATED TO EXPLORING MOROCCO’S VENERABLE GNAWA MUSIC TRADITION IN THE HEART OF NEW YORK CITY. FORMED IN THE SUMMER OF 2014 BY MOROCCAN EXPAT SAMIR LANGUS, THE GROUP DRAWS ON THE CONSIDERABLE TALENTS AND EXPERTISE OF HASSAN BEN JAAFER, A MAÂLEM, OR MASTER GNAWA MUSICIAN, ORIGINALLY FROM FEZ, MOROCCO. UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF BEN JAAFER, INNOV HAS DELVED DEEP INTO THE ROOTS AND RITUALS OF GNAWA MUSIC, AND MADE A BIG SPLASH IN NYC, FROM LINCOLN CENTER, TO THE STORIED BACKROOM OF BROOKLYN’S BARBÈS.
Described as "the cure for alienation" and "music that's not about means to ends but about meaning and transcendence", Falsa is an amazing musical experience rooted in 14th century Sufi music of North India. The effect of listening to Falsa is to be transported both inwards and across centuries of joys, sorrows and longings.
NPR on Falsa: https://goo.gl/7varuo