Year of Morocco Performance

Innov Gnawa
(Photo credit: Noureddine El Warari)

Purchase Tickets

When: Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m. EST

Where: Morgan Concert Hall, Bailey Performance Center at KSU - Venue Details


  • regular - $20
  • KSU students, faculty and staff - $15
  • senior/military - $16
  • groups - $16

*Concert admission is included in conference registration package.

About the Band:

Innov Gnawa is a Grammy-nominated musical collective out of New York City. The group dedicates themselves to exploring Morocco’s Gnawa music tradition drawing on the roots and rituals of the ancient musical artform. They were formed in the summer of 2014 by Samir
Langus, a native of Morocco living in New York City. Master Gnawa Musician, Hassan Ben Jaafer, provides his expertise and guidance to the group. They have performed in some of New York City’s hottest music scenes including the Music Hall of Williamsburg and the Brooklyn Bowl. They are hailed by Brooklyn Magazine as one of the “5 bands you need to know in Brooklyn’s Arabic music scene.” Innov has mastered the blend of traditional and contemporary sounds fusing together ancient African tradition with the
electric aura of New York City.

Band Website

What is Gnawa music?

Gnawa music, often called “the Moroccan blues,” is the ritual trance music of Morocco’s black
communities. It originates from enslaved people that soldiers once brought to Morocco from Northern Mali and Mauritania. The music is defined by its raw, hypnotic power and has fascinated the likes of many musical greats including the late Jimi Hendrix.