Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Nass El Ghiwane: Sinya (Polydor 222 5008) a single released in Morocco in 1972

Here we have a single released by the Moroccan music group Nass El Ghiwane under the alias of "New Dervich." The labels tell the true story, however.

Nass El Ghiwane is a legendary musical group hailing from Casablanca Morocco, emerged in the late 1960s as a voice for social change and cultural preservation. Comprising members Laarbi Batma, Omar Essayed, Allal Yaala, and Boujmia Hagour, Nass El Ghiwane blended traditional Moroccan music with contemporary influences and instruments (such as the banjo), creating a unique sound that resonated with people across generations.

The band's name, Nass El Ghiwane, translates to "the troubadours," reflecting their commitment to using music as a medium to address societal issues. Their lyrics tackle themes of poverty, injustice, and the complexities of modernity. 

One of their songs was featured in the Martin Scorsese 1988 film, "The Last Temptation of Christ," and I first heard them as part of the album, Passion Sources which Peter Gabriel assembled for his Real World label.

Equipment used in this transfer: 
Preparation: Ultrasonic cleaning for 10 minutes in clean water.
Turntable: Technics SL-1200
Cartridge: Audio-technica AT33MONO
Pre-amplification: Vintage refurbished Pioneer SX-780.
Recorder: Sound Devices MixPre6ii at 24bit/48kHz resolution

Software: Audacity, Izotope Elements, and xAct

very high resolution lossless FLAC files

these lossless files can be burned to CDR, if you are into that

highest quality mp3 files possible 

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