In only 5 years of existence, Gabacho Maroc has already performed on
the podiums of over 200 festivals in Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia.
Critics are never short of praise to describe the group’s highly original style,
perhaps best summarized in the words of Patrick Duval, the Director of Hauts
de Garonne Festival:“Dialogue among Western, African and Oriental instruments
has rarely been engaged so beautifully. Borrowing from world music, jazz, and
traditional Gnawa music, their repertoire is variegated, festive and re ned.
This project, with endless horizons, helps to revive the concept of fusion.”
Gabacho Maroc’s rst album, Bissara (Label Oued, 2014) earned the group
a nomination for the African Music Awards in 2015.The single “Moussaoui”
rapidly attained 50,000 views on YouTube, and was selected by the UK label
World Music Network for its Rough Guide CD compilation, The Best Arabic
MusicYou’ve Never Heard.
In January 2018, the group released its second album, Tawassol (which means
“connection” in Arabic), on the 10h10 label (Cristal Groupe, distributed by
Sony). Guest appearances are not lacking.The album features collaborations
with Pascuala Ilabaca (Chile), Jean-Philippe Rykiel (France), Michel Ducau
(from the Basque Country), and Ermanno Panta (Italy). Unanimously hailed
by the French press (Te´le´rama, M&C Le Son du Monde, Batteur Magazine, and
radio stations Europe 1, France Inter, FIP, RFI), the album Tawassol has likewise
garnered praise from critics all over Europe as well as overseas. The
Transglobal World Music Chart singled out Tawassol as Best World Music
Album for March 2018.
Gabacho Maroc’s unique blend of genres results in a breathtaking panorama