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Bab L' Bluz - Swaken (Preorder 10/05/24)

Bab L' Bluz - Swaken (Preorder 10/05/24)

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Bab L' Bluz - Swaken

Label: Real World - LPRW259 - 0884108016220
Format: LP, Album, Coloured
Country: UK
Released: 10th May 2024
Genre: African
Style: African

Swaken is the second album by Moroccan-French power quartet Bab L’ Bluz and the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut Nayda!. The album was recorded at Real World Studios and built on the song-writing, arrangements and production prowess of band members Yousra Mansour and Brice Bottin. Swaken, in Darija meaning ‘possession,’ evolves to describe spirits haunting humans. Sometimes associated with a transcendent musical experience, it implies a deep connection with music, surpassing simple ‘trance’ with highly agitated body movements. In Chaabi music, Swaken goes beyond our dimension, potentially leading to the loss of control over the body and mind, delving into a depth similar to the Lilas of the Gnaoua (a ceremony of song, music, dance, costume and incense that takes place over the course of an entire night ending at dawn).

“Beyond mere ‘possession,’ we wanted to use this term Swaken to emphasize the obsession with ideas, values, and principles, expressing a determination to combat injustices, even challenging customs and traditions.”

Musically forthright, Swaken takes the blueprint forged on Nayda! and expands it to deliver eleven powerful slices of psychedelic Gnawa blues, full of intelligence, emotion and visceral energy.

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