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James Holden & Maalem Houssam Guinia

Three Live Takes

Border Community


Released: 21st Sep 2018


The inspirational uk producer collaborates with moroccan gnawa players on some glorious takes captured live in london and committed to wax here for your thirsty ears.

Maalem Houssam Guinia is the son of the late Gnawa legend and previous Holden-collaborator Maalem Mahmoud Guinia, and you can hear the inspiration on the synth gurus amazing ‘animal spirits’ album from 2017. Lead track ‘Pass Through The Fire / Bouri Bouri Manandabo’ sees the swirling organs of Holden’s Gnawa-inspired ‘Pass Through The Fire’ supplemented with a selection from the Guinia’s traditional call-and-response repertoire, thereby completing the collaborative circle. Over on the B-side it’s Holden’s turn to contribute hazy pads to the affecting, sonorous standard ‘Youmala’ and frantically cycling arpeggios to the energetic ‘Baba Hamouda’.

Three Live Takes


  1. Pass Through The Fire / Bouri Bouri Manandabo
  2. Youmala
  3. Baba Hamouda