Hassan Hakmoun is one of the most notable figures in contemporary Moroccan music, fusing the traditional Gnawa style with jazz, rock, blues and neo-classical contemporary Western music resulting in a diverse, award-winning and critically acclaimed body of work. Steeped in Islamic mysticism and West African rhythms, the Gnawa musical form and its rituals lift the spirit and heal the sick through its songs of praise.
In 1987, Hakmoun made his U.S. debut, absorbing the sounds of the city’s urban music into his own style. Hakmoun later joined several WOMAD tours, worked with Peter Gabriel in addition to recording with his own fusion band, Zahar. Hakmoun has released a total of six albums, with Fire Within, Gift of the Gnawa and Trance topping the charts of World Music Albums, World Music Charts Europe, New World and CMJ’s Radio Top 150 and were selected by Rolling Stone as one of the “Hot Picks of ’94. In 2003, The Gift received an INDIE award for “Best Contemporary World Music Recording” from the Association for Independent Music (AFIM).