Ma’ dude John Newell already posted this earlier today as part of his Sexxy Saturday Cumbia round-up but when I heard it, I felt it needed some individual attention all on its own.
If you ever imagined what The Doors would have sounded like had they gone to Morocco and got stoned, then this is a pretty close example!
Here’s the background:
Rafael Aragón aka Rafiralfiro (Rafael_Aragon) is a latin/arabic rooted french musician / dj / composer / producer. Born & raised in Paris, between downtown and suburbs, he grew up surrounded by different cultures that really built him, first as a human being and later as an artist. He worked on this remix of Jamal’s tune after a meeting with Mehdi El Kindi in Paris. Touria has been produced with the help of “Collectif Sos Music” in 2010.
Jamal Nouman, a native of Morocco Larache, comes from a family where music and legacy of the Arab-Andalusian culture is very present.
Carried by the singing of his mother, who performs in many festivals and meetings, Jamal Nouman interested himself very young on vocals and guitar. He attended the music conservatory in his hometown and his passion for theater led him to the Higher Institute of Dramatic Art in Rabat. Nowadays he performs in a trio with Hicham Benabderrazik on guitars and Mehdi El Kindi on percussions.
“Jamal Nouman est à la fois le dépositaire d’une tradition musicale arabo-andalouse forte et l’héritier conscient d’un patrimoine africain profond. Entre mélodies du melhoun et rythmes gnaouis, Jamal puise son inspiration dans les musiques traditionnelles marocaines pour les magnifier à la lumière d’aujourd’hui. ” -DABATEATR