Majid Bekkas Gnawa Blues Band

Thursday
06
Oct

"The Bluesman of Morocco"

 

Why you should see this show…

Majid Bekkas is internationally known for his contributions to World music and Ethno jazz with North African roots. He is touring to promote his new album Joudour (Roots), an open-minded cooperation between the Gnaoua music’s essence and the blues. He will also be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of his 1st album African Gnaoua Blues, an album that has its roots in Africa, the source of blues, jazz and funk, without forgetting to confront the present times…

The Majid Bekkas Gnawa Blues Band is:
Majid Bekkas: Guitar, Guembri, Oud
Bouhssine Foulane: Ribab
Nor Edine Bahha : Keyboard
Oussama Chtouki: Bass
Oussama Mougar: Drums

 

Majid Bekkas Bio
Nicknamed “the bluesman of Morocco,” Majid Bekkas is originally from Zagora, a small town in the south of Morocco. Majid was born and still lives in Salé near Rabat (Morocco). He has his roots in the North African music and a long experience in blues and jazz which makes him a unique musician who masters both traditional and modern music.

Majid embarked on his musical career in 1972 playing banjo in Moroccan local groups. Over the years, the master Ba Houmane, in Salé, initiated him into Gnawa (or Gnaoua) music. Then he studied classical guitar and oud at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Rabat where he later taught classical guitar. In the ’80s, he discovered the blues and African music by listening to John Lee Hooker, Aly Farka Toure, Fela Kuti and Salif keita. In the meantime, Majid was delving deeper in the Blues and Soul, playing in his own group as a guitarist, keyboard player and singer. In the nineties, he created the Gnawa Blues Band, splitting his time between compositions, recordings and touring. In 2001, his record African Gnaoua Blues became a real reference in Gnawa music and its relationship with the blues.

In 2003, he met the well-known German pianist Joachim Kuhn and the Spanish drummer Ramon Lopez. Together, they formed a great trio, recorded 5 albums for Act music in Germany and performed in a lot of jazz and world music festivals for more than 15 years. In 2006, Majid decided to tour and to record an album (Passeport to Morocco) with the famous German saxophonist Klaus Doldinguer. Majid also played with Archie Shepp and Pharoah Sanders to name a few. His record Makenba in 2010 with Louis Sclavis, Minino Garay and Aly Keita was selected by Songlines magazine, as the best Album Gnawa fusion.

In 2012, he performed for the first time in the US as part of the Caravanseraï program, which is a groundbreaking cultural exchange program produced by Arts Midwest on behalf of its fellow U.S. Regional Arts Organizations. In 2015, Majid received the price of the Academy Charles Cros in Marseille (France) for his album Al qantara and in 2018, the Visa for Music Award in Rabat, Morocco, for his career achievements.

Majid is also co-artistic director of azz au Chellah Festival in Rabat since 1996 and Artistic Director of Jazz sous l’ Arganier in Essaouira. He has recorded and released about 20 albums with different musicians and bands.

 

Dining Option

Purchase of a ticket to a show in the Supper Club ensures you will have a seat for the concert. However, if you intend to dine before or during the performance, you also need to make a dining reservation. To make a dining reservation, click here or call our Box Office at (216) 242-1250. Click here to see the menu.

If you are attending a concert in the Supper Club with a party of two or more, please have one person make a reservation for the whole group to ensure you are seated together. If you are attending with a party of eight or more, you must call the Box Office to make your reservation at (216) 242-1250.

To better serve all our customers, we require that you arrive on time for your dining reservation. Arriving more than 15 minutes after your reserved time will result in the cancellation of your reservation. You will be seated for the concert, but you may be put on a waiting list for dining.

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