Moroccan Reveries

Light the Dream

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At recording studios in Tangier, Marrakech and other Moroccan cities, engineers can find everything from Western-influenced, synthesizer-loving Moroccan pop singers to acoustic Moroccan traditionalists. What sets Light rhe Dream apart is the fact that it isn't a by-the-book studio session, but rather was done in the home of Morocco's Ghania family, which includes members of the mystical Gnawa brotherhood. The music documented on this CD is essentially an Islamic equivalent of a jam session. Devoid of slickness or pretense, the intensely spiritual music has a definite rawness and an enjoyably informal, bare-bones quality. Listeners are treated to the type of passionate singing and chanting that is a key part of Gnawa life. The musicians' passion was fueled by Islam, but one can also find Light the Dream to be most uplifting regardless of religious beliefs.