Grooz embodies Algerian groove that extends the ancestral tradition of Gnawa music by incorporating in it reggae beats and western jazz-rock sounds. The sound and electrical effects come together at the hectic tempo of a joyful trance borne by the silky voice of the group’s singer and founder, Abdelhak Benmedjebari. Influenced by the ancient Gnawa culture that originated with black slaves from sub-Saharan Africa, he learned the instruments characteristic of this genre. His lyrics speak of life, love and youth in Algeria.
Singer, bass player and guitarist Abdelhak Benmedjebari and his group, energetic and communicative, have a knack for electrifying a crowd and bringing them into “an ecstatic trance”.
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