Album Remarks & Appraisals:
With Mazal, Aziz Sahmaoui and University of Gnawa conjure up sonorous dreams and intoxicating trance states. The Moroccan poet-singer has achieved a glorious harmony between Maghreb rock, jazz and gnawa music. Sahmaoui, a cofounder of the Orchestre National de Barbès and former associate of Joe Zawinul, confirms his reputation as one of the foremost singer-songwriters of contemporary world fusion music, a reputation that reaches across Europe and beyond to the Middle East and the United States.
Personnel: Aziz Sahmaoui (vocals); Hervé Samb (vocals, guitar); Chieck Diallo (vocals, kora, Fender Rhodes piano); Adhil Mirghani (vocals, percussion); Alioune Wade (vocals).
Audio Mixer: Sodi.
Recording information: Studio Gang, Paris (12/2013).
Editor: Christophe Sarlin.
Photographers: Manuel Lagos Cid; Thomas Bataille; Pierre Jean Jean.