Bab L’ Bluz - Swaken (CD)

Due on 10/05/2024
Swaken is the second album by Moroccan-French power quartet Bab L' Bluz and the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut Nayda! The album was recorded at Real World Studios and built on the songwriting, arrangements and production prowess of band members Yousra Mansour and Brice Bottin.

Swaken, in Darija meaning "possession," evolves to describe spirits haunting humans. Sometimes associated with a transcendent musical experience, it implies a deep connection with music, surpassing simple 'trance; with highly agitated body movements. In Chaabi music, Swaken goes beyond our dimension, potentially leading to the loss of control over the body and mind, delving into a depth similar to the Lilas of the Gnaoua (a ceremony of song, music, dance, costume and incense that takes place over the course of an entire night ending at dawn).

"Beyond mere 'possession,' we wanted to use this term Swaken to emphasize the obsession with ideas, values, and principles, expressing a determination to combat injustices, even challenging customs and traditions."

Musically forthright, Swaken takes the blueprint forged on Nayda! and expands it to deliver eleven powerful slices of psychedelic Gnawa blues, full of intelligence, emotion and visceral energy.



1. Imazighen
2. Wahia Wahia
3. Zaino
4. AmmA
5. Bangoro
7. Ya Leilo
8. Hezalli
9. Karna
10. Li Maana
11. Mouja