I was fortunate to cross paths with Melem Moktar Gania while traveling in Morocco in 2020. We connected musically, which blossomed into several collaborations infusing his Gnawa soul into my house music arrangements and a remix of his rendition of 'Alla a Sudane'. His energy is larger than life in such a positive, nurturing, and loving way- he is nothing short of a positive force for this world.
Sadly, Melem Moktar Gania is facing severe health challenges. He is currently on dialysis in Fes, Morocco.
In an effort to assist in the emergency, I am teaming up with Turntables on the Hudson to fundraise for the Melem with our single 'Heavy Like a Ton' on Nickodemus' 3x vinyl compilation 'Inside the Dance Vo l 5 '.
For every contribution of $55 or more, you will receive a copy of the 3x vinyl compilation- delivered!
About Melem Moktar Gania:
As a worthy heir to the Gania dynasty which counted so much in the culture of Morocco, Maâlem Moktar Gania from Essaouira has self established himself as an essential player in the today Gnawa music scene.
Nurtured by these pillars of the Gnawa tradition, namely both late father Boubker and brother Mahmoud, Moktar has performed all over the world with the Gania family but also with such figures as Randy Weston, Carlos Santana and many others ...
While UNESCO recognizes and registers Gnawa art as part of its intangible heritage of humanity,
the "Gnawa Soul" album glorifies this music connecting Maghreb to West Africa and offers the world this unique new fusion of the spiritual with the temporal.