Gnawa musical instruments

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Gnawa play musical instruments that have West African origins. This photo shows the barrel drum, called a ginga, an instrument associated with Hausa kings in northern Nigeria. The plucked lute (guinbri) is one of the most common stringed instruments found in West Africa and is the ancestor of the American banjo. Gnawa call the metal cymbals on the ground qaraqsh. These instruments are played together during Gnawa ceremonies to contact with spiritual world. Gnawa are renown throughout Morocco due to their abilities to cure illness caused by the supernatural world.

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