2015 Honorable Mention Pick 1

Simo Lagnawi: The Gnawa Berber (Riverboat, 2014)

Some sick ensemble drumming out of Morocco.

I might be picking nits but I wasn’t super into the echo they put on Lagnawi’s voice and you could ignore it if they didn’t always have it on there.  It’s a small point and the drumming and playing is ridiculous.

Lagnawi’s stringed instrument playing and his voice are both strong so make sure you check this record out.

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