MOULAY AHMED EL HASSANI
Over the last thirty years Moulay Ahmed has put out more than fifty albums. Here is a stunning introduction to releases on his own imprint Sawt el Hassani between 2006 and 2014, recorded at his home studio in Beni Mellal, Morocco.
His unique sound is rooted in Moroccan folk, particularly the Izlan and Ahidous styles of the Amazigh people of the mid-Atlas; but blended with rai and chaabi. Its a knockout brew of polyrhythmic drum-machine patterns, tricky loops, killer tunes, washes of new-age-style synth, heavily autotuned male-female duets, and Ahmeds freaked-out, microtonal guitar-playing.