spiritual brotherhood in Morocco of people descended from slaves brought from Mali in 16th Century. Gnawa music--featuring three string sintir or gimbri, unison singing, and hand clapping--is played at healing ceremonies. .'
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The Gnawa (or Gnaoua, Ghanawa, Ghanawi, Gnawi) people originated from North and West Africa; to be precise the ancient Ghana Empire of Ouagadougou (present day Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Burkino Faso and 85% of Mali (pre Gnawi/Mali Wars)). This name Gnawa is taken from one of the indigenous languages of the Sahara Desert called Tamazight. The ph...Found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnawa
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