The Ethics and Aesthetics of Musical Speech: Sounding Moral Geographies in Moroccan Gnawa Music.

Turner, Tamara.


  • Abstract: The Moroccan Gnawa--widely understood to be the descendants of slaves from sub-Saharan Africa--practice ritualized healing involving spirit possession with a vast Afro-Maghrebi musical repertoire. Because the role of Gnawa music in ritual is that of healing, musical aesthetics are often contested on the grounds of spiritual potency and efficacy in completing trance. For ritual expert and... read more
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