GANGA FUSION were an eight-member group who were formed in 2001 in Essaouira and formed part of the New Wave of Moroccan music. I call them the Moroccan Libertines simply because a lot of in-fighting has led to numerous band break-ups and reformations. Their present status is in break-up mode, GREAT SHAME!!! Of course I think the Libertines were a load of tosh but the same could never be said for this band.
For me, this band were one of my new stand-out discoveries, which I made a few years ago. The band members all embodied a courageous Moroccan youthfulness which involved the artistic meeting of different cultures. It reflected the incredible energy of a musical melting pot: Gnawa, Reggae Chaabi, Salsa, Celtic, Andalusian and Jazz which were expressions of their search for artistic permanence.
Here’s a great number swathed in an Andalusian/Jazz mood. Andalusian music comes from Al-Andalus or Andalusia. It is a blend of Arab and Spanish music that Moroccans call El-Ala and is considered to be Morocco’s classical music which is sung in classical Arabic. It is the primary form of Andalusian classical music today, along with Gharnati and Malhun.