Thursday 27th OCTOBER       8:30PM

What better way to close our festival than to continue on from the final screening of AS I OPEN MY EYES across the road at The Castle Bar with North African Gnawa musicians, food and drinks and dancing a'plenty.

Renowned musician Simo Lagnawi and Gnawa London band will be performing. In the last year, Simo was nominated for 2 SONGLINES awards for 2014 BEST NEWCOMER, and BEST ARTIST. Since his arrival in the U.K in 2008 he has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Glastonbury Festival, V&A, BBC 6Music (Cerys Matthews Show), BBC World Service, British Museum, Leighton House, Larmer tree, Secret garden party, Roundhouse, Ritzy, Rich Mix, Hootananny, Hackney Attik, Passing Clouds, Cecil Sharp House, Shambala, Komedia, Hackney Empire, Wilderness festival, Boom Town Festival, The Third line Dubai, 5.0 Refuse Kuwait, Film Middle East Now Italy, Tabernacle, Troxy, Forge, Green Note, Momo London and Dubai among many others. Playing traditional Gnawa (sacred trance music from Morocco) and Gnawa Fusion with, Electric Jalaba, Gnawa Griot, and Gnawa Blues Allstars. He performs for 'Live Music Now' a Charity which bring exceptional music into the lives of under-priviledged people with 'Gnawa Yinga'. Simo continuously pushes new boundaries fusing Gnawa with music from countries such as Gambia, Burkina faso, Senegal, Guinea, Mali, India, Japan, Venezuela, and the Caribbean. He collaborates with the visual artist Hassan Hajjaj who took the cover photo, and who has designed his first album cover and photographed him for the new album. 


This will also be the October social for ASCU (African Society of Cambridge University).


Everyone is welcome to attend this event.

The Castle Bar

37 St Andrew's Street

Cambridge CB2 3AR

United Kingdom

Established 2002