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Building Bridges: Gnawa LanGus

February 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Gnawa blended their own traditions with native religious beliefs — just as displaced sub-Saharan West Africans did in the Americas — and healing music was created for private use by a community that was not permitted to directly observe their relationship with Allah. Played with percussive instruments, Qarqaba (large iron castanets), polyrhythmic clapping, and a three-stringed, bass lute-like sintir — Gnawa music draws on an abundant African-Islam history of ritualistic music believed to heal people possessed by jinn, or spirits. Gnawa LanGus, led by sintir master Samir LanGus (founder and bandleader of GRAMMY-nominated Innov Gnawa), fuses the raw hypnotic power of the utterly singular and centuries-old North African tradition with Berber, Indian, Saharan, and Flamenco music. In its concert at Motorco Music Hall, the culmination of its weeklong Building Bridges residency, the ensemble showcases “a familiar musical idiom that can connect different worlds—the francophone with the anglophone, the trans-Saharan with the trans-Atlantic, Africa with the Orient” (The New Yorker).

Duke Performances subscriptions ( and single tickets are now on sale. $10 Duke student tickets will go on sale TUESDAY, AUGUST 27 at 11 AM. Subscriptions and single tickets can be purchased online, via phone at 919-684-4444, and in person at the Duke University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.


February 27
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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