- Hassan Abdellaoui
- Majid Bekkas and his Gnawa Ensemble perform Thursday at Walton Arts Center.
CARAVANSERAI: MAJID BEKKAS GNAWA ENSEMBLE WITH BRAHIM FRIBGANE
7 p.m., Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center. $10-25.
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When was the last time you saw classical Moroccan music performed in front of colorful, swirling dancers clapping iron castanets?
If it’s been a little while, you’ve got a chance on Thursday when Majid Bekkas, an acclaimed music professor from Sale, Morocco, plays the guembri, a three-stringed bass lute, accompanied by his Majjid Bekkas Gnawa Ensemble.
And there will be a West African chorus — you know, the dancers, some singers and those castanets. The guembri looks and sounds a bit like a banjo, and we promise, there will be pickin’.