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Maalem Hamid El Kasri is a Gnaoua Master from Morocco. He is the champion of Gnaoua Culture, praised for rejuvenating the genre while keeping its authenticity alive.
He is to the Guembri what Jimmy Page is to the Guitar.
Born in 1961 in Ksar El Kebir, Hamid El Kasri is not a Son of Maalem (Master) himself but he grew up in the middle of the Gnaoua Culture. He was looking up at his grandmother’s husband who was an ancient slave from Soudanese origins, and who taught him a lot about the magical instrument which only Maalems (Masters) are allowed to touch, the Guembri.