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Cynthia Becker: "Trans-Saharan Slavery and Gnawa Guinbri - From Concealment to Exhibition"
This paper uses the Gnawa guinbri to discuss the history of the trans-Saharan slavery in Morocco. As a musical instrument manufactured and played by the descendants of enslaved people, the guinbri has taken on multiple meanings over the years, revealing how Morocco's relationship with the African continent has changed over time. The guinbri was previously hidden by musicians who used it to invoke spirits into possession, a practice considered taboo by many. Today, the guinbri has moved out of the shadows and has become an icon that links Morocco to the African continent due to its very connection to alterity.

Oct 22, 2020 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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