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World premiere Remork & Karkaba with Koninklijke Harmonie Gullegem

World premiere Remork & Karkaba with Koninklijke Harmonie Gullegem

Have you ever heard a harmonic orchestra play gnawa jazz? On the 19th of May, the Royal Harmony Sint-Cecilia Gullegem and our gnawa brassband Remork & Karkaba will play a joint performance during the world music festival Kokopelli. An unseen exchange between lively musical traditions from Belgium and Morocco!

Lovers of world music can visit the Kokopelli festival in Gullegem on May 18 and 19, where the entrance is for free as from this year. For the occasion, the artistic coordinators of Remork & Karkaba, Luc Mishalle, Mohamed Saïd Akasri and Driss Filali, share their gnawa jazz repertoire with the local St Cecilia Harmony. The orchestra musicians will study some of their songs together with our horn section players and gnawas. With a world premiere performance on Sunday afternoon as the icing on the cake!

Repertoire Remork & Karkaba goes global

Earlier this year, Luc Mishalle and some gnawas formed an occasional ensemble with brass band musicians from Scotland. Together with the Edinburgh street band Oi Musica they played some songs from Remork & Karkaba during the Thrill jazz festival


Following a trusted recipe at MetX, our musicians are always happy to clash and fuse their metropolitan artistic baggage with that of local musicians and repertoires. A tradition that hopefully can lead to many other collaborations and new interpretations!

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