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Colours of the Night

by Maalem Mahmoud Gania

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Cosmographer The album cover reminds me of Coltrane's A Love Supreme. See the expression on his face? What is Mr. Gania looking at exactly? Whatever or whoever it is, it better beware before it is grabbed by Gania's mastery. This music is timeless and can heal our wounds. Favorite track: Shaba Kouria.
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DrBob Jones The musicianship on this is so deep , raw and truly amazing . Listen to 'Foulani' and you'll experience such a beautiful journey. LOVE-Big time! Dr Bob J :-) Favorite track: Foulani.
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Twistedsoul Strong first release for new Brighton based label Hive Mind. Maalem Mahmoud Gania will completely blow you away with his hypnotic Gnawa trance music. These are timeless songs. Favorite track: Mrahba Baba Hamouda.
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Shaba Kouria 08:51
Bala Matinba 11:00
Foulani 09:42
Ba Yourki 08:04


Hive Mind Records are proud to present Colours of the Night, the final studio recordings of deep, hypnotic Gnawa songs from the late, great Maalem Mahmoud Gania.

The recordings see their first release outside of Morocco on 8 September 2017, and are available as a double vinyl LP and digital download. The release has been licensed directly from the Gania family and comes with the support of all who were involved in the original recordings. Colours of the Night is his first album to receive a vinyl release.

Maalem Mahmoud Gania was one of Morocco's most famous Gnawa musicians. Gnawa is a musical and spiritual tradition originating in sub-Saharan Africa that has survived as a subculture within Moroccan society for centuries. The roots of the blues can be heard in its hypnotic rhythms.


released September 8, 2017

Recorded and Mixed by Ali Faraoui at Plein Les Oreilles, Casablanca

Mastered by Julian Tardo at Church Road Studio, Hove


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Maalem Mahmoud Gania Essaouira, Morocco

Born in 1951 in Essaouira, Mahmoud Gania came from one of the great Gnawa families. A respected singer and guimbri player he was one of the most prolific recording musicians in Morocco. From the 1970s until his death in 2015 he released many albums for a variety of Moroccan labels as well as recording with artists as diverse as Pharoah Sanders, Peter Brotzmann, James Holden and Floating Points. ... more

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