Abdou El Omari :: Morrocan Psychedelia


Abdou El Omari was born in 1945 in the small town of Tafraout, Morocco and passed away on March 3, 2010 in Casablanca. He is considered as an innovator of Moroccan music, he took traditional music (styles like gnawa, sufi, chaabi and classical malhun) and added a contemporary flavor combining funk, rock and progressive jazz.The result is a hyper oriental psych monster which entered in a mystical mood under the influence of forgotten chords.

The result is a hyper oriental psych monster which entered in a mystical mood under the influence of forgotten chords

As a musician, keyboardist, was member of several orchestras, including the Royal orchestra. He also served Casablanca’s famous band “Golden Hands”(Al Ayadi At Dahabiyya). Disques GAM published his first and only solo album in 1976, entitled “Nuits d’Ete”, including seven songs of pure innovating sound for the Moroccan music. The aural tapestry of the keyboards takes you real deep in the Moroccan tradition but at the same time gives a sense of west sound. He collaborate with many artists of the Moroccan musical heritage with the most famous being the one with singer Naima Samih.

All of his work remained for long time in the shadow. Belgian label Radio Martiko dug deep in his work and re-issued his LP “Nuits D’Ete” and also issued his previously unreleased works “Nuits D’Ete with Naima Samih” and “Nuits De Printemps”. Pure magic!