|1||Zidokan (Just Go)|
|2||Balili (My Father)|
|3||Hamadiyi (Prophet Muhammad)|
|4||Dima Dima (Always)|
|5||Baniyi (My Son)|
|9||Amarmoussaoi (People Of God)|
|10||Moulay Ahmed (Saint Ahmed)|
|11||Balili (Soul K Remix)|
|12||Ohio (Yossi Fine Remix)
Remix – Yossi Fine
|none||Hassan Hakmoun||Unity (CD, Album, Dig)||Healing Records||none||US||2014|
He’s released a number of fine albums, but his recent output has been sparse, leaving his fans hungry. In 2014, Hakmoun released Unity, which doesn't disappoint. His mix of traditional Gnawa music from Morocco and rock is fearsome, and it’s in full effect here. Things get right down to business with Zidokan (Just Go), a hard-hitting track with insistent riffing, rippling percussion, call-and-response vocals, and bursts of harmonica.
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Consumer Guide Album. Hassan Hakmoun: Unity Born into a family of Gnawa musicians in Marrakech in 1963, Hakmoun wasn't yet 25 when he settled Stateside, where his adaptable three-string sintir soon made him bassy North African aide-de-camp to Don Cherry and thence Peter Gabriel. Through Gabriel, he released several showbizzy mid-'90s CDs, but on his first album since 2002, the resounding steady-state propulsion of the opening "Zidokan" soon had me wondering whether I'd judged too quickly.
Hassan Hakmoun grew up in the world of gnawa - a people and culture that came to Morocco by way of West Africa. Gnawa music and dance are often used in long, trance-healing ceremonies - ceremonies Hakmoun's mother and grandfather used to perform in their home in Marrakesh. So Hakmoun became quite the dancer. When a group of international break dancers, visiting Morocco, saw him dance, they were impressed. After we danced, they all came to me with a translator to talk to me," Hakmoun says. He self-released his new album, "Unity," his first in 12 years. The album has all of the rock but less of the polish of some of his earlier albums. That's intentional - he and the producer wanted it to sound more African. In Morocco, sometimes instead of having fancy amplifiers and speakers, the band will be playing through what looks like a huge megaphone.
The unity on the album is more than a thing of the spirit. It's musical, too. On this release Hakmoun. brings the long, deep history of the Gnawa together with the brashness of the 21st. with former Ex-Centric Sound System bassist Yossi Fine, he's created something that can roar just as. much as it can soothe. Yossi wanted it to sound like it was recorded in Africa," Hakmoun explains. Very old-style and loud. When we first met we worked on a Bob Marley song in Arabic together. That live, spontaneous feel electrifies Unity, making the sound very immediate and close, whether. Hassan Hakmoun has been breaking down the boundaries of Gnawa music for almost 30 years in the US. With. Unity he's created an entire new frontier. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.