Simo Lagnawi is a Moroccan living in London. He plays 'gnawa', a musical form drawing on West African Islamic traditions that incorporates spiritual invocations, dedications, dances and healings into its lore. A 'Maalem' or master of the gnawa is a revered figure in modern Morocco. Simo plays the guembri, a three string bass lute that is plucked and is made from animal hide.
Hear Simo perform with his band Electric Jalaba - or go to a gig. They are a sight to behold. This is holy music that runs deep and Simo brings other elements into the traditional form to bring it to a new audience.
Camera: Patrick Bodenham
Titles: Alice Shirley
Edit: Joshua Bullock