overcome homesick feeling
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Gnawas are a North African ethnic minority that traces its origins to West African slaves and soldiers. They’re well known for their music composed of a repertoire of ancient African Islamic spiritual religious powerful songs and rhythms (thanks Wiki and spiritofgnawas.com for the definition).
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The only Gnawa music festival in the world is held in Essaouria, Morocco.
And 2017 is a very special year for the festival: it celebrates its 20th anniversary.
At this occasion, the festival organized a tour with Gnawas in the US.
Yesterday, they were in Washington, DC.
It was something, my friends.
It was like having comfort food, but through the ears.
Those who live far from home know what homesick feels like. You miss your family. You miss your food, your culture and your people.
Listening to your home music is healing and powerful.
When it’s spiritual music, like Gnawa, it’s powerful-er. Especially if you’re in a crowd of 600 people or so, 80% of them being fellow citizens.
And because, I’ve been waiting so impatiently for the Gnawa concert, I was excited two days before the event. Which makes this self-care the one with the longest pre-act effect.
In the evening, I put a red Moroccan gown and a matching lipstick on, my traditional silver jewelry and went to the Kennedy Center where we sang and clapped and danced.
And then, with 20 people, we moved to a restaurant and kept the Moroccan party going for hours.
Homesick? Not anymore!
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WHY IS IT SELF-CARE? “Our native soil draws all of us, by I know not what sweetness, and never allows us to forget.”Ovid
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This concertn I went to was part of a world tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Festival of Gnawa in Morocco. This festival, my friends, is really something.
It’s held in the gorgeous city of Essaouira, a late 18th-century fortified town, and a world heritage site.
Here is a video of the opening parade of the last edition. Really cool.