Saturday 20th February
Simo Lagnawi and Gnawa Blues Trio
500-504 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath
Birmingham B12 9AH
8pm – entry £5
The UK’s leading Guembri player and Gnawa master from Morocco.
In the last year Simo was nominated for 2 SONGLINES awards for 2014 BEST NEWCOMER, and BEST ARTIST. His Solo Debut Album ‘Gnawa London’ released on Waulk records was featured in Songlines magazine as one of their ‘Top of the World Albums’ last September. Simo performed at Mawazine Festival Morocco in June with his band Electric Jalaba. They also performed on the BBC3 Late Junction Stage at Latitude Festival Rhythm Tree Festival last summer, ‘Re Re Riga’ festival Latvia, Bestival, and the Smugglers Festival in Kent. His other bands are Gnawa London which is traditional Gnawa music, Gnawa Blues Allstars which is a World Fusion Group
Since his arrival in the U.K in 2008 he has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Glastonbury Festival, V&A, BBC 6Music (Cerys Matthews Show), BBC World Service, British Museum, Roundhouse, Ritzy, Rich Mix, Hootananny, Hackney Attik, Passing Clouds, Cecil Sharp House, Shambala, Komedia, Hackney Empire, Wilderness festival, Boom Town Festival, The Third line Dubai, 5.0 Refuse Kuwait, Film Middle East Now Italy, Tabernacle, Troxy, Forge, Green Note, Momo London and Dubai among many others. Playing traditional Gnawa (sacred trance music from Morocco) and Gnawa Fusion with, Electric Jalaba, Gnawa Griot, and Gnawa Blues Allstars.
He performs for ‘Live Music Now’ a Charity which bring exceptional music into the lives of under-priviledged people with ‘Gnawa Yinga’. Simo continuously pushes new boundaries fusing Gnawa with music from countries such as Gambia, Burkina faso, Senegal, Guinea, Mali, India, Japan, Venezuela, and the Caribbean. He collaborates with the visual artist Hassan Hajjaj who took the cover photo, and who has designed his first album cover and photographed him for the new album.
Simo will be releasing his new album later in the year