AGO Gnawa

With AGO Gnawa, MetX musician and founder Luc Mishalle gives a new twist to his passion for traditional music from North and West Africa. He surrounds himself with several musicians with whom he has built up a particularly close relationship over the years. Together they present tailor-made projects featuring gnawa music and related genres.

For some years now, Mishalles’ uncompromising sax has formed an uninhibited tandem with the spiritual singing and rhythms of Mâalem Driss Filali. As one of the leading gnawa musicians in Belgium, Filali likes to push this traditional song, dance and music culture in new directions. Think of MetX groups such as Marockin’ Brass and Karkaba or the album JOLA in collaboration with Muziekpublique.


For each performance, Mishalle and Filali work out an original line-up and sound. In consultation with event organisers and programmers, they invite one or more MetX musicians or special guests. 

For example: they recorded a music video and performed feat. feat. T.B.Wèh and BLAST @ Darna’s Winter Event in AB. And at set times, they like to explore (poly)rhythmic and melodic horizons with drummer Ejaspapa Gnonlonfoun and trumpet player Ericamour Yovogan from Benin.

Line up
Luc Mishalle: tenor & soprano saxophone
Driss Filali: vocals, krakeb, sentir
Ejaspapa Gnonlonfoun: drums

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