Hassan Ben Jaafar who hails from Morocco is a true master of Gnawa music which is a mixture of sub-Saharan African, Berber, and Arabic religious songs and rhythms. Its practice is concentrated in north Africa, mainly Morocco.
"We first met Hassan at Vibromonk Studios in Brooklyn to collaborate on a song for Balkan Beat Box’s debut album. Since then we all anticipated another collaboration. When that day arrived we decided that a live, unrehearsed, acoustic session would best capture Hassan’s brilliance. The project was completed with more sessions at my studio (my living room at the time).
Nass Al Hal is a soulful album and an important one as it documents a beautiful musician who otherwise might not be heard." Itamar Ziegler
released 01 January 2011
Hassan Ben Jaafar: vocals, guembri, krakeb.
Tamir Muskat: percussion
Tomer Yosef: percussion
Itamar Ziegler: guitars, bass, percussion
*Additional vocals and claps by: Ibrahim Abatenni, Said Bourhana, Yussef Moudim and Ori Kaplan.
Recorded at Vibromonk Studios and My Living Room Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
Engineered by Dan Shatzky and Itamar Ziegler.
Mixed by: Itamar Ziegler and Tamir Muskat
Produced by: Itamar Ziegler and Balkan Beat Box
(Ori Kaplan, Tamir Muskat and Tomer Yosef).