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- n. A kind of lute used by Berber musicians.
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AS a warm Saturday night hung over the Mediterranean, the Algerian-French band Yazmen shuffled under the spotlights with its instruments - hand drum, flute, electric bass and a boxy, long-necked stringed instrument called a guembri - while a crowd filed into the hot confines of the windowless Tankono club.
Two Moroccan musicians play most of the bass lines on the twangy Gnawa guembri, and up to six musicians at a time contribute percussion, while on piano Sosa alternates between rhythmic reinforcer and lead melodic voice, rhapsodizing with classical splendor one moment and exploding into a free jazz maelstrom the next.
Their sincopated rythms and pentatonic melodies coming from guembri
Their sincopated rythms and pentatonic melodies coming from guembri (sintir), a three strings bass (at video), the tbel or drum, played with a curve stick, the hypnotic krakabas (metallic cymbals) cure and bless, get free of stress and purify those who listen, dance or sing.
Omar brings together the guembri, a traditional musical instrument from the Gnawa culture of North Africa, with bata drums, and Afro-Venezuelan percussion instruments such as the quitipla and culo e 'puya.
For these performances the lineup includes Galarraga, Oakland rapper Brutha Los, Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles, saxophonist Eric Crystal, bassist Geoff Brennan, Moroccan percussionist and guembri player Yassir Chadly, and jazz drummer Elliot Kavee.