Innov Gnawa


Innov Gnawa is a NYC-based GRAMMY®-nominated group led by Ma’alem Hassan Ben Jaafer. The title Ma’alem, meaning master, denotes Ben Jaafer’s ancestral heritage of the musical tradition, which was passed down generationally within his family in Morocco. As the spiritual elder of the ensemble, he plays the three-stringed African bass, also known as the guembri. Ben Jaafer is accompanied by Amino Belyamani, along with a brotherhood of guest musicians. Often referred to as “Sufi blues,” Gnawa is rooted in Morocco’s ancient history. Since arriving in Brooklyn, Innov Gnawa has played shows across the country from Coachella to Lincoln Center. In 2021, they released the album Lila with Daptone Records.