Simo Lagnawi
United Kingdom
Influences: North African , African
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November 2023 #7 - Top 40 for North African Influence 'Sandika' (video)
November 2023 #8 - Top 40 for North African Influence Gnawa Blues All-Stars live (video)
November 2023 #9 - Top 40 for North African Influence Bambraka (track)
On Friday 7th November Simo Lagnawi will be doing a live session for World on 3, BBC Radio 3 presented by Lopa Kothari. Joining him in the studio will be Abdelmajid Shili: krakebs & backing vocals, Said Boussaod: krakebs, darbouka, backing vocals, Samir Nacer: krakebs, darbouka, calabash, backing vocals & Griselda Sanderson: violin. Simo will be performing tracks from his new album out now on Riverboat. Don't miss it! more
New album - digital out now! New release: 'The Gnawa Berber: El Baraka' Simo Lagnawi's follow-up album to Gnawa London is out now as a digital download. Physical release is scheduled for 20th October. Simo was signed earlier this year by Riverboat, a subsiduary of World Music Network. You can check his profile on their website here more
Simo Lagnawi News Simo Lagnawi's debut album 'Gnawa London' (Waulk Records 2013) has been nominated for Songlines Music Awards in two categories - Best Artist & Best Newcomer. To vote for Simo follow the link more
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About: Simo Lagnawi
Photo by: Simo Lagnawi
About: Simo Lagnawi
Photo by: Simo Lagnawi
About: The Gnawa Caravan: Salt by Simo Lagnawi
Simo Lagnawi: The uK's leading exponent of Moroccan Gnawa music

"Gnawa London reveals Simo Lagnawi to be an artist to watch closely"Tim Woodall, Songlines Magazine

Simo Lagnawi, a Maâlem (Gnawa master musician) from Morocco, is considered to be the leading exponent of Gnawa music in the UK today. His third album 'The Gnawa Caravan: Salt' was released by Waulk Records on 11th December 2015. An innovative performer he has collaborated in a range of musical genres as well as composing new works in traditional Gnawa style. His performances include acrobatic dance as well as vocal chants, guembri and krakeb playing. Simo makes regular appearances on the London scene with residencies at Momo Arabic restaurant, the V&A and Passing Clouds as well as performing at festivals both in the UK and overseas. His debut albumGnawa Londonwas released in April 2013. Produced byGriselda Sandersonand released on theWaulk Recordslabel, it demonstrates his deep immersion in the Gnawa tradition as well as bringing his own interpretation to the music with his original compositions. Simo is a winner of World Music Network's 'Battle of The Bands' competition and his track 'Tourklila' from the album 'Gnawa London' features on the covermount CD of Songlines Magazine issue no. 94 in their 'Top of the World' selection. His second album 'The Gnawa Berber (2014) was released on the Riverboat label.

Simo also collaborates with a number of other musicians from The Gambia & Burkina Faso to Japan and also plays with fusion bands Electric Jalaba andKamba Band, withGriselda Sanderson&Amadou Diagne.

Recent performances:

Southbank Centre, London UK

Festival Mawazine (Morocco)

Shambala Festival UK

Smugglers Festival UK

Glastonbury Festival UKV&A Museum, LondonBBC 6Music (session on Cerys Matthews’ Show)BBC World Service (live session)The British MuseumLeighton HouseLarmer Tree FestivalThe Roundhouse, LondonThe Ritzy, Brixton, LondonRich Mix, LondonHootananny, LondonHackney AtticPassing Clouds, Dalson, LondonThe Third Line, Dubai5.0 Refuse KuwaitFilm Middle East Now ItalyThe Tabernacle, Notting HillThe Troxy, StepneyThe Canteen, BristolSecret Garden Party

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