Cynthia J. Becker, "Blackness in Morocco: Gnawa Identity through Music and Visual Culture"
English | ISBN: 1517909392 | 2020 | 304 pages | PDF | 36 MB
A groundbreaking study of Blackness in Morocco through the lens of visual representation
For more than thirteen centuries, caravans transported millions of enslaved people from Africa south of the Sahara into what is now the Kingdom of Morocco. Today there are no museums, plaques, or monuments that recognize this history of enslavement, but enslaved people and their descendants created the Gnawa identity that preserves this largely suppressed heritage. This pioneering book describes how Gnawa emerged as a practice associated with Blackness and enslavement by reviewing visual representation and musical traditions from the late nineteenth century to the present.
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