Sunday, March 23, 2014

CD Review: Hassan Hakmoun's 'Unity'

Hassan Hakmoun
Healing Records

Based in Brooklyn, NY and born in Morocco, Gnawa musician and sintir player, Hassan Hakmoun, brings us an energetic release steeped in cultural brilliance and trance-inducing beats. The instrumental arrangements of "Balili" are nothing short of a miracle. The opener, "Zidokan," is a gritty, steady beat of a song. The rock elements of "Hamadiyi" showcase a more rock instrumental medley without squealing guitars. However, the instrumentation is rather alternative and grunge-like in a world fusion sort of manner. Anyone familiar with gnawa music will recognize the sintir instrument, but the musical melodies also give it away. This is also the most cohesive album to date. Consequently, the beats are tight, memorable, and full of organic, soul-stirring, trance-inductive qualities that stick with the listener long after the tracks end. ~ Matthew Forss

1 comment:

Rachel DiGregorio said...

Hassan is actually based in Brooklyn, NY and has a cd release show at Joe's Pub in April!+

04/12/2014, Sat
New York, NY
Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street
Tix: $20, Show: 7:00 pm
Ph: 212.539.8778