Colours of the Night, the final studio recordings of deep, hypnotic Gnawa trance music from the late, great Maalem Mahmoud Gania. Maalem was one of Morocco’s most famous Gnawa musicians who played with the likes of jazz giants Pharoah Sanders and Peter Brotzmann. Gnawa is a musical and spiritual tradition originating in sub-Saharan Africa that has survived as a subculture within Moroccan society for centuries. The roots of the blues can be heard in its trance-like, hypnotic rhythms that are rooted deeply in the mystic Islamic sect of Sufi. Born in 1951 and brought up in the coastal city of Essaouira, Mahmoud was raised in one of the country’s great Gnawa families. A well-respected singer and master guimbri player renowned for his command of the Gnawa songbook, he became one of Morocco’s most prolific recording musicians. Colours of the Night is his first solo recording to receive a vinyl release. Highly recommended.