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Karkaba: Gnawa musique and dance

Mohamed Saïd Akasri
Driss Filali
MetX - De Lenglentierstraat 20, 1000 Brussels

Karkaba is a group of young musicians from Brussels, mainly coming from Morocco, directed by mâalem Driss Filali and Mohamed Saïd Akasri. The group promotes traditional music from their native country and collaborates with MetX to exchange and create a fusion with other music styles.

Via Karkaba, the young musicians learn everything about gnawa music, dance and vocals. They also perform with a group of brass players as Remork & Karkaba and with other percussion bands. Everybody is welcome!

This is a project in collaboration with MetX.

Mohamed Saïd Akasri

Mohamed Saïd Akasrik is a percussionist and one of the artistic coordinators of Karkaba. He plays several percussion instruments, a.o. drums, qraqeb and t’bel. These last two are traditional Morrocan percussion instruments frequently used in gnawa-music.

 

Mohamed Saïd starts playing music at the age of 12. Member of a Molenbeek youth centre, he organises music workshops together with a friend and one of his brothers. It becomes their favourite pastime and they learn to play several instruments as autodidacts. After a while another Akasri brother, himself a musician, invites them to play together and form the first group in Brussels to play traditional Morrocan music.

Driss Filali

Driss Filali is a mâalem, or master gnawa musician, and one of the key artists from the Moroccan diaspora in Brussels. He’s a member and one of the composers of the gnawa-jazz band Marockin’ Brass and also co-artistic coordinator of the gnawa training program Karkaba.

 

As the son of mâalem Selam, Driss Filali grows up in Morocco in a community where the gnawa-culture is omnipresent. From an early age, he learns to play music with his father and his nephew, mâalem Hamid. Together they perform at different lilas, traditional gnawa ceremonies, in Morroco and at festivals in France and Belgium.

 

In 2005 he performs together with his nephew at the international gnawa festival of Essaouira, after which Driss comes to Belgium in 2007. He soon meets Luc Mishalle, who proposes him to join the group Marockin’ Brass. Together, they start playing concerts in Belgium and abroad and write the band’s fourth album Beats & Pieces.

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Schedule

Come and discover this course during the free meeting session on Wednesday, September 22 2021, from 6:30 to 9 pm.

Collective lesson (10 courses/cycle)

Wednesday from 6:30 to 9 pm.

Registration is required from the second course of the cycle. Sign up before 1 October 2021 and pay 10 euros less!

Registrations open on 8 August!

Place

MetX
De Lenglentierstraat 20, 1000 Brussels

Price

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Cycle 1
29/09
06/10
13/10
20/10
27/10
10/11
17/11
24/11
01/12
08/12
€ 150
Cycle 2
22/12
12/01
19/01
26/01
02/02
09/02
16/02
23/02
09/03
16/03
€ 150
Cycle 3
23/03
30/03
20/04
27/04
04/05
11/05
18/05
25/05
01/06
08/06
€ 150

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