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Kate Hutchinson: Gnawa special featuring James Holden and Hive Mind Records

First broadcast date: 15 February 2019

Monthly show from Kate Hutchinson, Guardian music and culture journalist, broadcaster and DJ from London. She is also the former Clubbing Editor at Time Out and is still waiting impatiently for the fidget-house revival.

Kate was joined by cosmic synth shaman James Holden to delve into Moroccan gnawa, a ritualistic style of trance-inducing traditional music that was brought across the Sahara hundreds of years ago and which is performed in night-long ceremonies that are said to cure people of their ills. Holden plays some of his collaborations from over the years with the late gnawa legend Maalem Mahmoud Guinia and his son, Houssam Gunia, and talks to Kate about the intricacies of making a modular synth work with such expressive music.
Plus there’s a guest mix of unheard gnawa tracks from Brighton’s Hive Mind Records, who are releasing Houssam’s new record, Mosawi Swiri, on 22 February. The mix features tracks from the 80s and 90s that haven’t been heard before outside of Morocco.
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Tracklist

Telemachus – Tiznit [YNR Productions]
Dexter Story Feat. Hamelmal Abate – Shuruba Song [Soundway]
Majid Bekkas – Mrhaba (Cervo Edit) [Banana Hill]
Charlotte Adigéry – Cursed And Cussed [DEEWEE]
Daniel Haaksman Feat. Cibelle – Corpo Sujeito [Man Recordings]
Nicola Cruz & Castello Branco – Criançada [ZZK Records]
Fémina – Arriba [Fémina]
Siti Muharram & Tamar Collocutor – Ashikibaya [Forthcoming On The Corner]
The Scorpions & Saif Abu Bakr – Nile Waves [Habibi Funk Records]
James Holden & Maalem Houssam Guinia – Baba Hamouda [Border Community]
Maalem Mahmoud Guinia & James Holden – Bania [Border Community]
James Holden & The Animal Spirits – Pass Through The Fire [Border Community]
Mallem Mahmoud Ghania with Pharoah Sanders – La Allah Dayim Moulenah [Island Records]

HIVE MIND RECORDS MIX 

Mustapha Baqbou – Bouchama [Unknown]
Maalem Mahmoud Guinia – Unknown [Unknown]
Hamid El Gnawi – Laylaha Lla Lah [Unknown]
Archach – Unknown [Unknown]
Houssam Gania – Moussa Barkiyo [HIVE MIND RECORDS]

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