Maalem Mahmoud Guinia, Floating Points & James Holden: Marhaba 12”

Maalem Mahmoud Guinia, Floating Points & James Holden: Marhaba 12”

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Maalem Mahmoud Guinia, Floating Points & James Holden

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In March 2014, James Holden and Floating Points were invited to the Fellah Hotel near Marrakech, to participate in a week-long residency collaborating with the legendary Maalem (Master) Mahmoud Guinia from Morocco’s Gnawa musical tradition. The four tracks you see before you are the product of Holden and Floating Points’ makeshift open-air recording sessions by the hotel pool with the Maalem Mahmoud Guinia and his band, featuring the Maalem on his three-stringed guembri instrument and lead vocals and accompanied by the trio of Guinia’s brother-in-law and two sons who provide the vocal chorus response and complex krakeb and clapping percussive rhythm cycles that characterise the Gnawa tradition.

Presented as a souvenir of that week (complete with 20 page photo essay by Camille Blake) and released in collaboration with Floating Points’ Eglo label, a vinyl release courtesy of Eglo will juxtapose the two contrasting collaborative approaches of Holden and Floating Points on one double A-side 12”.