The Jilala are the secret male societies of Morocco, with ceremonies conducted to the trance-like music captured on this disc. While the field recording is muddy, dominated by hypnotic drumming and chanted vocals, its power is undeniable. It's the sound of sacred ritual, rising at times to moments of frantic ecstasy, culminating in what seems to be a prayer or blessing. Mesmerizing, sometimes almost intoxicating, it's an intense peek into religious workings that have long been veiled.
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