Moroccan Gnawa Legend Hassan Hakmoun To Return From 12 Year Hiatus With 'Unity'

After a 12 year hiatus and only 3 days in the recording studio, Moroccan Gnawa legend Hassan Hakmoun is back with the forthcoming 'Unity.'

After a twelve year hiatus from the studio, Gnawa musician Hassan Hakmoun is set to release his latest album Unity this April. Outside the studio, the master sintir player– who first picked up the Morrocan three-stringed bass lute aged 4– has been raking in mean international touring cred (you can peep his live set at NYC's 2014 globalFEST over here). The upcoming electric-sintir heavy album, recorded in just three days, spotlights an upbeat take on traditional gnawa music. Hakmoun collaborated with bassist Yossi Fine (formerly of Excentric Soundsystem) on the record. Ahead of the release comes the video for the groove heavy "Soutinbi," which you can watch below. Look out for Hassan Hakmoun's Unity April 12th via his own Healing Records.


Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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