Year: 2020

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New Chaka Chouka album “Sharka” out now!

Posted OnSeptember 28, 2020 0
  New Chaka Chouka album "Sharka" Simon is very proud to announce the release of the Chaka Chouka album "Sharka"  a collaborative lockdown project with Bernard O'neill, Haji Mike and Mouna…
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Funky Bongos with “Now YOU Shred”.

Posted OnSeptember 18, 2020 0
Funky Bongos with "Now YOU Shred"         "Now YOU Shred" is a youtube site from the the fantastic guitarist and producer Renzo from Oakland California. He not only produces top…
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Moroccan food #1: Couscous

Posted OnJuly 3, 2020 0
Couscous     As it's Friday and traditionally the day Moroccans (and most of North Africa) meet up after Friday prayers for a family couscous, here is a quick post about this great and now…
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Moroccan instruments 3: Darbouka

Posted OnJune 22, 2020 0
  The  darbouka drum   What is the darbouka? The darbouka (also called Egyptian tabla, derbeke or doumbek among others) is the classic Middle Eastern and North African goblet-shaped hand…
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Moroccan instruments 2: Qraqeb

Posted OnJune 15, 2020 0
  Moroccan percussion instruments part 2: Qraqeb         What are they? Qraqeb (or krakeb/ karkabet) are the metal castanets played primarily in the gnaoua music of Morocco…
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Free loops and samples

Posted OnJune 10, 2020 0
  Free percussion and drum loops and samples There are now some free percussion  and drum loops and samples available for download here. All my percussion and drum loops are designed to be…
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Moroccan Drums 1: the bendir

Posted OnJune 8, 2020 0
    The bendir is part of the frame drum family and is the quintessential Moroccan/ North African percussion instrument. Most Moroccans for example will be able to pick up a bendir and…
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Artist profile: Katie Holland

Posted OnJune 1, 2020 0
        Teacher – Performer - Choreographer – Sacred Dance Therapist   Dancing from the age of three, Katie began her Middle Eastern dance training in 1994. Specialising…
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Artist profile: Mouna Eddrou

Posted OnMay 29, 2020 0
  Mouna Eddrou was born in Meknès, Morocco and moved to France at an early age. She comes form a family of musicians heavily involved in some of Morocco's mystic Sufi styles of music such as…
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Website launch

Posted OnMay 24, 2020 0
Simon's new website is now up and running. So if you are interested in world music, fusion projects, drums and percussion, Moroccan music and cooking then look no further. There are albums, singles…
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