Moroccan Aziz Sahmaoui’s musical passions are rock, fusion, and gnawa —  the trance music of Northern Africa. With the aid of his talented squad of musicians, his “University of Gnawa,” he’ll make them your passions, too. Rousing choruses, an unstoppable beat, and a feel for improvisation all turn his music into a of perpetual motion machine. Gnawa rhythms and their rustic groove act as groundwork for some inspiring musical experiments by the high-flying instrumentalists of the University. “The groove, you’ve either got it or you haven’t,” says Aziz. “Those who went before me initiated me. It’s thanks to them that I’ve learnt how to share this space.” His voice, which swings between the inflexions of bluesman, muezzin, and crooner, pulls the audience into his poetic universe, where jubilation is the order of the day.

Friday, Sept. 25

Ivy Tech Community College Tent on 4th Street, 7:15-8:30pm

Saturday, Sept. 26

Ivy Tech Community College Tent on 4th Street, 9-10:15pm

Presented in partnership with Indiana University Department of French and Italian and the IU College of Arts and Science – Institute for European Studies.

Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa – Zawiya