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Michael League  Snarky Puppy is a band led by a guy who takes kind of cool pictures with his phone, sometimes.

I call this one “The Littlest Gnawa.” #waitforit

Some photos from the past week in Essaouira, Morocco. We spent six days learning from and playing with the great @maalemelkasri and @karimziad66, who I hope to spend many more days with in the future. I can’t thank the @gnaouafestival enough for going above and beyond to create an experience that is far more than a festival. And I want to send a big thank you, on behalf of the band, to the Moroccan people for their warmth and hospitality. I promise we will come back as soon as we possibly can. Big love and on to Edmonton! 📷: @keita_per, @jamiemargs, and myself.

The great @maalemelkasri (Maalem Hamid El Kasri) in prayer just before performing with his group in Essaouira yesterday. This man and his gnawas have taught us so much about music, spirituality, and elevation this week. I hope we soon have the opportunity to welcome them in our own country (and maybe take them to some Texas blues shacks). So sad to leave this place after our show tonight.

Last night was so special. Playing in a beeeeeautiful setting (that story post was sarcastic, btw) with one of the most respected gnawa groups in the world (Maalem Hamid El Kasri) and an Algerian drum legend (@karimziad66) in front of thousands of music-loving Moroccans. Two more days to go and I don’t know how it could get better. Big thanks to @gnaouafestival for creating this incredible experience.

Europe! @forqstagram is starting their summer tour this Sunday in London. Check out all the dates below!
Jun24 @officialronnies / 25 #queensheadbox (Bath) with @louiemillermusic / 26 @studio2_parrstreet @parrjazz / 27 @bandonthewall with @shyfingermusic / 28 @jazzavienne / 29 @jazzclub_unterfahrt / 30 @lantarenvenster / July1 @jazzintheparkromania / 3 @evolutionjazzcafe #empolijazzfestival / 4 @udinjazz_festival

Improper guimbre technique in the trunk of an airport rental car. Funky-ass leg percussion by @sarahariche (sadly not pictured, this was just supposed to help me remember the fingering later). #gnawa #definitelygnotagnawa #bassbanjo #thisinstrumentiscountryAF

Morocco. We may never leave. #gnawa #maalemhamidelkasri #karimziad

Two days in Tangier, pre-road trip. Rolling down to Marrakech tonight and then on to Essaouira for the Gnawa Festival. All photos/videos by the trusty @___tj___.

Not a bad set of options. #weupinhere #morocco #tangier #gnawafestival

I’ll be out with @bokantemusic in Europe this summer. Hope to see you there!
@bokantemusic -
Starting at @northseajazz next month, we’ll be making our way around Europe! All details and tickets are linked in our bio.
July 15th - @northseajazz
July 17th - @edinburgh_jazz
July 18th - @thejazzcafe
July 20th - @maltajazzfest
July 23rd - Oldenburger Kultursommer
July 25th - Muffathalle
July 26th - @bitefartcafe_summerstage
July 28th - @langnau_jazz_nights
July 29th - @festival_okarina_bled
July 31st - @dromosfestival
August 2nd - @jamdays
August 3rd - @nefertitijazzclub
August 5th - @festivalportaferrada
September 9th - @jazzalavillette

I’m so happy to have been invited as this year’s Artist-In-Residence at @northseajazz. On the menu: (1) a performance with @bokantemusic and special guests Bassekou Kouyate (ngoni), Sekou Kouyate (kora), and Mehdi Haddab (oud), (2) a new trio with percussionists @antoniodrums1 and @pedritomartinezmusic, (3) a show with Snarky Puppy and the @metropoleorkest featuring new arrangements of SP material, and (4) a talk with @therealmarcusmiller hosted by Ashley Kahn. Fun fun fun.

The crowd in Dallas this weekend. It felt so good to bring the band back home. Thanks to our video wizard @mmcrp for capturing this shot, and a big shout out to the Dallas members of the band over the years, @shunwun, @moogboogieman, @jtondrums, @claypritchardo, @yayennings, @sputacular, and @nardynardd. #roots #dftw

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